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BURMA ARMS EMBARGO

Q: What is the source of the arms embargo against Burma?
A: Like arms embargoes against other countries, the embargo against Burma results from an executive order made pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).

Q: What is the extent of the arms embargo against Burma?
A: In June 1993, the U.S. Department of State suspended all licenses and other approvals to export or otherwise transfer defense articles and services to Burma. In July 1993, the Department of State extended these regulations to prohibit imports of defense articles and services along with a prohibition against any Burmese vessels, aircraft, and other means of conveyance shipping any defense article that is licensed for export to another country.

Q: Why did the U.S. impose and continue this embargo?
A: The U.S. Department of State imposed the embargo in light of the human rights abuses the Burmese Government has committed and continues to commit against the Burmese people.