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US blacklists Myanmar firms for North Korea arms trade

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WASHINGTON -

The United States is imposing sanctions on a Myanmar military officer and three companies it accuses of involvement in the illicit arms trade with North Korea.

The designations announced Tuesday do not directly target Myanmar's government but will deepen doubts over the nation's compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Cutting military ties with North Korea has been a key goal of the U.S. policy to end Myanmar's long international isolation after its democratic reforms.

Treasury blacklisted Lt. Col. Kyaw Nyunt Oo, a military officer acting on behalf of the Burmese Directorate of Defense Industries, which is already sanctioned.

It also targeted Soe Min Htike Co. Ltd. and Excellence Mineral, describing them as companies working with North Korean officials to import materiel for military weapons programs as recently this June.

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