The US Congress on Thursday renewed a ban on imports from Myanmar for another year. This ban seeks pressure the military regime over human rights and democracy as well as alleged ties to North Korea.
Democracy icon and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won the last election in 1990 but was never allowed to take power and has spent most of the ensuing two decades under house arrest.
The Obama administration last year launched a dialogue with Myanmar and said it will only lift sanctions in return for progress on democracy and other concerns. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on a trip to Asia, voiced concerns about Myanmar's military cooperation with North Korea.
The Senate voted almost unanimously to extend the sanctions. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it despite his administration's engagement with Myanmar
US Congress renews Myanmar sanctions [AFP, 23 July 2010]
US Congress renews Myanmar sanctions [Channel NewsAsia, 23 July 2010]