The US State Department declared that the situation in Myanmar is classified as a coup and announced sanctions against those involved.
State Department officials said that they were confident with classifying the detention of Burmese government officials because it met the legal definition of a coup.
Despite the planned sanctions, humanitarian aid to the country would not be affected.
Most of the Burmese military leadership is already under sanctions from the US for alleged human rights violations against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar.
The coup plotters claimed that Myanmar’s president Aung San Suu Kyi won by voter fraud during the recent November elections.
After six years under democracy, Myanmar has returned to military rule.
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