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U.S. weighing more action on Myanmar, 'genocide' label: Blinken

In Malaysia, top diplomat lays groundwork for special Biden summit with ASEAN

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, is hosted by Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Dec. 15. (Photo courtesy of Malaysia's Foreign Ministry)

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia -- The U.S. is exploring additional measures against Myanmar's military regime, including sanctions, to restore peace and stability in the troubled country, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Malaysia on Wednesday.

The top U.S. diplomat said the crisis in Myanmar has worsened in the 10 months since the military seized power, despite heavy pressure from Washington and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He added that the U.S. is looking at whether Myanmar forces' treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority "constitutes genocide."

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