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S. Korea to halt military exchanges with Myanmar, ban military supply exports Updated: 2021-03-12 14:46:32 KST

The South Korean government announced Friday that it will halt any new projects or exchanges in defense and security with Myanmar's military.
Those exchanges include the creation of a military consultative body and education for Myanmar's military and police.
Also, South Korea has decided not to allow the export of military supplies to Myanmar, like tear gas.
It added there have been no military goods sent to Myanmar since January 2019.
It will also tighten its reviews of shipments of strategic industrial materials because they can also be used for military purposes.
Lastly, South Korea will reconsider cooperative development projects with Myanmar but will continue humanitarian projects that are directly linked to the livelihoods of people in Myanmar.
In 2019, South Korea provided aid to Myanmar worth 90 million U.S. dollars in total.

The foreign ministry also said it's keeping a close eye on the safety of Korean people and businesses in the country.
And as part of humanitarian measures, the ministry will allow Myanmar nationals staying in South Korea to continue to do so if they wish until the situation there eases.
It's estimated that there are 25-thousand to 30-thousand Myanmar nationals in Korea.

Seoul's foreign ministry said the government 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.
South Korea has been in close discussions on the issue with regional and global partners, including the U.S. and ASEAN.
The ministry said Korea will continue its efforts to contribute to restoring Myanmar's democracy, while condemning the junta's use of force against its people.
Friday's announcement was made jointly by the ministries of foreign affairs, defense, the National Police Agency and others.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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