Burma's ruling military has criticized the United States for renewing economic sanctions against Rangoon for another year.
In a statement, the government accused Washington of focusing its energies on pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi rather than the Burmese people. It also accused the United States of trying to destabilize Burma through sanctions.
Thursday, the Bush administration said it would keep up the pressure on Burma until it sees tangible progress towards human rights and democracy.
The White Houses says it has seen no such progress in Burma since Aung San Suu Kyi was detained in May 2003.
The Nobel laureate has been under house arrest. Burma insists it is for her own protection.
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