South Korea Suspends Defense Exchanges with Myanmar as Coup Continues

South Korea will suspend its defense exchanges and cooperation with Myanmar as its response to the coup which has caused the deaths of dozens, in a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday. 

The ministry joined the call for restoring democracy in Myanmar and also urged the immediate release of those who are detained including civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 

“The Korean government also called for an immediate release of those detained including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, an end to violence against civilians, and a peaceful resolution of the situation in adherence with a lawful and democratic process,” the statement said.

The government will likewise halt export of military supplies to Myanmar, while noting that there have been no exports to the country since 2019. 

It will also review its development assistance to the Southeast Asian country but said that the government will continue to support livelihood projects which directly involve the people of Myanmar and humanitarian aid.

“The Korean government also plans to implement, as necessary, special humanitarian measures to permit Myanmar nationals residing in the Republic of Korea to extend their stay until the situation stabilizes in Myanmar,” in addition to the measures. 

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