For the second time in two months, President George W. Bush announced US sanctions against Myanmar to punish the military-run government and its backers for the recent violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
Bush ordered the Treasury Department to freeze the financial assets of additional members of the junta. He also acted to tighten controls on U.S. exports to Myanmar and urged the governments of China and India to do more to pressure the government of the Southeast Asian nation.
"Monks have been beaten and killed. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have been arrested," Bush said in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.
"Burma's rulers continue to defy the world's just demands to stop their just persecution."