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    U.S. says identified target for sanctions over Myanmar crackdown

    The United States has identified one person it might impose sanctions on over the brutal crackdown in Myanmar against minority Rohingya Muslims and is examining others, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday.
    Tillerson, who last month declared the violence against the Rohingya to be “ethnic cleansing,” has said Washington was considering “targeted sanctions” against those deemed responsible.
    More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to southern Bangladesh since the end of August.
    “We are continuing to examine the circumstances around all of the events since the August attacks that have led to the enormous migration of people out of Myanmar, and have already identified one individual and we are examining other possible individuals to hold responsible for targeted sanctions from the U.S.,” Tillerson told reporters at the United Nations.
    U.S. officials told Reuters that President Donald Trump’s administration was considering only limited action at this stage. They said it was preparing narrow, targeted U.S. sanctions against Myanmar’s military and could roll out the punitive measures by year-end.
    The sanctions will be aimed at increasing pressure on Myanmar authorities, but are not expected to hit the highest levels of the military leadership and will stop short of reimposing broad economic restrictions suspended under former President Barack Obama, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
    The limited nature of any new sanctions is expected to be seen as little more than a warning for Myanmar and are not likely to satisfy international human rights groups and some U.S. lawmakers who have accused Myanmar’s armed forces of crimes against humanity.
    Other world powers and the United Nations called Myanmar’s campaign against the Rohingya population “ethnic cleansing” well before the United States did so in late November.
    Reuters

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