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Burmese Military Regime Criticizes U.S. Sanctions Renewal - 2003-05-21


Burma's military government has criticized a U.S. decision to renew sanctions against Rangoon.

President Bush announced the renewal Friday, saying Burma is a threat to U.S. national security.

In a statement released today (Tuesday), Burma dismissed U.S. fears as "odd" and "imaginary." The military government said it wanted to reassure Washington that it has nothing to fear from Rangoon.

The sanctions prevent direct U.S. investment in Burma. Friday's statement also accused Burma's military government of large-scale repression of political opponents.

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