Burma's military government has again severely criticized Western countries for imposing economic sanctions on Rangoon over the continued detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

State-run media Sunday quoted General Khin Nyunt, the junta's number three leader, as saying no foreign power will ever dictate its policies to Burma, despite the sanctions. Media reports say General Khin Nyunt made the remarks on Saturday, during a meeting with government and Rangoon city officials.

Burmese officials have repeatedly said that economic sanctions will hurt the Burmese people and the country's economy.

The United States and European Union imposed the sanctions on Rangoon following the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, on May 30.