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U.S., U.K. and Canada slap new sanctions on Myanmar, 1 year on

Biden says those responsible for power grab will be held accountable

A protester uses a face mask with an image of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a peace march in Tokyo in December.    © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The U.S. on Monday imposed new sanctions against individuals and entities associated with Myanmar's rulers in coordination with Britain and Canada, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the military takeover that ousted the country's democratically elected government.

"One year ago, the Burmese military denied the will of the people of Burma, overthrew the democratically elected government, and seized power in a coup d'etat," President Joe Biden said in a statement, using the former name of Myanmar.

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