U.S. President Barack Obama has extended sanctions on Burma's military government for another year.
Mr. Obama informed Congress of the decision Friday, saying Burma is "engaging in large-scale repression of the democratic opposition."
He added that Burma's actions and policies are hostile to U.S. interests, and they pose a continuing threat to U.S. national security and foreign policy.
The existing sanctions on Burma must be renewed annually. They were set to expire next week. Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.