US senator nixes Myanmar trip over nuclear concern

Last Updated: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 18:49

Bangkok: A US senator on Thursday postponed a trip
to Myanmar, saying it is a bad time to visit because of new
allegations that its military regime is collaborating with
North Korea to develop a nuclear program.
A statement issued by the office of Sen Jim Webb,
chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs, said the
allegations were still unproven, but that there were also
concerns that Myanmar had broken a UN embargo on buying arms
from North Korea.
"Until there is further clarification on these matters, I
believe it would be unwise and potentially counterproductive
for me to visit Burma," said his statement, referring to
Myanmar by its former name.

Webb was supposed to go to Myanmar late today.

The trip by Webb, a Democrat from Virginia, had been
scheduled to follow a visit by senior US State Department
official Kurt Campbell last month, and would have overlapped
with that of Premier Wen Jiabao of China, Myanmar`s closest
and most powerful ally, who arrived Wednesday in Myanmar.

Webb last year met Aung San Suu Kyi, head of Myanmar`s
pro-democracy opposition, and secured the release of John
Yettaw, an American man sentenced to seven years in prison for
secretly swimming to her house.


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First Published: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 18:49

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