US slaps sanctions on two more Myanmar individuals

The administration of US President Joe Biden says it has imposed sanctions on two more senior military officials in Myanmar over a coup earlier this month.

The Treasury Department said in a statement on Monday that the sanctions target two members of the State Administration Council. The council was formed by Myanmar's military.

The two individuals have had their assets in the US frozen. They are also prohibited from doing business with American citizens.

The Treasury said Myanmar's "military must reverse its actions and urgently restore the democratically elected government." It added that if the military fails to do so, the Treasury "will not hesitate to take further action."

This is the second time that the Biden administration has imposed sanctions over the February 1 military takeover in Myanmar. On February 11, it designated 10 individuals and three military-linked companies as targets of sanctions.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also released a statement on Monday, condemning what he called "brutal attacks" by Myanmar's security forces on unarmed protesters. The statement said the attacks have left four people dead and over 40 injured.

The statement said, "The United States will continue to work with a broad coalition of international partners to promote accountability for coup leaders and those responsible for this violence."