US, UK, Canada announce more sanctions on Myanmar

The United States, Britain and Canada have announced additional sanctions on Myanmar's military for its continued oppression of citizens protesting February's coup.

The United States said on Monday that Myanmar's military-appointed State Administrative Council and 16 people, including some council members, will be subject to an asset freeze in the US. They will also be barred from engaging in transactions with American citizens.

Britain also announced new sanctions on Monday against Myanmar Gems Enterprise, which is under the control of the country's military. Canada imposed additional sanctions on military-linked individuals and entities.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that the actions taken by the three countries underscore their resolve "to apply political and financial pressure on the regime as long as it fails to stop the violence and take meaningful action to respect the will of the people."

The statement adds, "We encourage all countries to consider imposing measures against the regime -- including arms embargoes, suspension of military sales, and termination of commercial cooperation with military-owned entities."