The United States says it plans to work with its allies to place Burma on next month's United Nations Security Council agenda, saying the military government's failure to work with the international community is "reprehensible."
Speaking Wednesday in Washington, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric John said the Burmese regime remains "exceptionally repressive."
He said Burma's military rulers have hindered international efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to the country's population.
Mr. John said Rangoon must take steps to normalize relations with other nations in order to bring what he called the country's "deplorable" human rights practices into accordance with international standards.
He also reiterated Washington's call to release democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains under house arrest.
Information for this report is provided by Reuters.