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S. Korea to halt military exchanges with Myanmar, ban military supply exports Updated: 2021-03-12 14:22:15 KST

The South Korean government says it's suspending exchanges with the military of Myanmar and will ban shipments of military supplies to Myanmar.
Seoul has been expressing support for democracy there amid the crackdown on protesters against the recent military coup.
Our foreign ministry correspondent Yoon Jung-min is on the line with more.
Jung-min, what's the latest?

Sure Devin.
Seoul's foreign ministry announced this afternoon that it will halt any new projects or exchanges in defense and security with Myanmar's military.
Those exchanges have mainly been in education.
Also, South Korea will NOT allow the export of military supplies to Myanmar, like tear gas, and will tighten its reviews of shipments of strategic materials used for industrial purposes.
It added there have been NO such military goods sent to Myanmar since January 2019.
Lastly, the ministry said it will reconsider cooperative development projects with Myanmar but will continue humanitarian projects that are directly linked to the livelihoods of people in Myanmar.
The ministry says it made the decision in light of the continued deaths of people in Myanmar despite repeated calls from the international community, including South Korea, for the military to stop using armed force on its citizens.

The foreign ministry also said it is keeping a close eye on the safety of Korean people and businesses in Myanmar.
And as part of humanitarian measures, the ministry will allow Myanmar nationals staying in South Korea continue to do so if they wish until the situation there eases.

The ministry said South Korea continues to be in close discussions on the issue with regional and global partners including the U.S. and ASEAN.
It added it will continue efforts to contribute to restoring democracy in Myanmar.

Seoul's foreign ministry has repeatedly expressed its support for the people of Myanmar in their aspiration for democracy while condemning the use of force against them.
It has been also calling for the immediate release of state councilor Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained leaders in Myanmar.
Back to you, Devin.
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