• US blacklists Myanmar general over N. Korea arms deals

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States (US) placed a Myanmar general on its sanctions blacklist on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) for arms deals with North Korea that violated the United Nations (UN) Security Council embargo on buying weapons from Pyongyang.

    Weeks after a landmark visit to Washington by Myanmar President Thein Sein celebrated the thaw in relations, the US Treasury named Lt. Gen. Thein Htay, the head of Myanmar’s Directorate of Defense Industries, for the sanctions.

    The Treasury said the general was involved in buying North Korean military goods despite his government’s support for the Security Council ban.

    It said he acted on behalf of the directorate, a Myanmar military agency that was placed on the US sanctions blacklist in July 2012 for arms deals with North Korea.

    The Treasury stressed in a statement that the Myanmar government, which until 2011 endured years of isolation and condemnation by the international community for rights abuses, was not targeted by the sanctions.

    “This action specifically targets Thein Htay, who is involved in the illicit trade of North Korean arms to Burma,” the Treasury said, using the former official name for Myanmar.

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