Bush Calls for Sanctions on Myanmar

President Bush called on nations to support the pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar, formerly Burma. At the United Nations today, President Bush said Americans were "outraged" over human rights abuses in Myanmar.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

President Bush addressed the situation in Myanmar, or Burma, today at the Untied Nations General Assembly. He accused Burmese leaders of imposing a 19-year reign of fear, and he said that Americans are outraged.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: The ruling junta remains unyielding, yet the people's desire for freedom is unmistakable. This morning, I'm announcing a series of steps to help bring peaceful change to Burma. The United States will tighten economic sanctions on the leaders of the regime and their financial backers. We will impose an expanded visa ban on those responsible for the most egregious violations of human rights as well as their family members. We'll continue to support the efforts of humanitarian groups working to alleviate suffering in Burma.

SIEGEL: President Bush was speaking today at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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