U.S. Treasury Department sanctions Myanmar general for arms deals

July 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Treasury Department Tuesday leveled sanctions against a Myanmar general for buying arms from North Korea despite an international ban.

Myanmar Lt. Gen. Thein Htay, head of the nation's Directorate of Defense Industries, was found to have ordered weapons from the isolated North Korean regime despite a United Nations resolution the Myanmar government has publicly said it will honor.

U.S. Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen said nations that buy weapons from North Korea are providing the Communist nation with a key source of revenue in violation of international sanctions aimed at curbing the North's proliferation of missile systems and nuclear weapons.

"Thein Htay has disregarded international requirements to stop purchasing military goods from North Korea, the revenues from which directly support North Korea's illicit activities," Cohen said. "We will continue our efforts, alongside our international partners, to shut down North Korea's dangerous and destabilizing weapons proliferation."

Any U.S. financial assets relating to Htay or his weapons dealing are subject to seizure by the Treasury Department as a result of Tuesday's designation. The action does not target the Myanmar government.

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