US reviews Thailand aid after military coup

The US is reviewing military and other assistance to Thailand following a military coup in the country, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Washington: The US is reviewing military and other assistance to Thailand following a military coup in the country, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

"While we value our long friendship with the Thai people, this act will have negative implications for the U.S.-Thai relationship, especially for our relationship with the Thai military," Xinhua quoted Kerry as saying Thursday in a statement.

The top US diplomat said he was "disappointed" by the decision of the Thai military to suspend the constitution and take control of the government after a long period of political turmoil.

There was "no justification" for the military coup, Kerry said, calling for the release of senior political leaders of major parties in Thailand, a treaty ally with the United States.

"I urge the restoration of civilian government immediately, a return to democracy, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, such as press freedoms," he said.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said up to $10 million, the annual amount of US bilateral assistance to Thailand, could be suspended.

"We`ve taken preliminary steps to suspend military engagement and assistance while we consider the facts on the ground," Psaki told a regular briefing.

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