Spokesmen for the opposition National League of Democracy in Burma have rejected a threat by Burma's ruling military junta to disband the party.
Information Minister Kyaw Hsan told reporters on Wednesday that the regime had evidence that the NLD has links with terrorist organizations and that is enough to declare the party an unlawful association.
Later Wednesday a U.S. State Department spokesman urged the Burmese junta to engage democratic opposition groups in meaningful political dialogue, release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and free the many other political prisoners in detention.
Last week, the NLD offered to recognize the military government if it convenes parliament by May 27th. That is the anniversary of Burma's 1990 elections, in which the NLD won a majority of seats but was not allowed to take power.
Information for this report is provided by Reuters.