US seeks limited military ties with Myanmar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is urging Congress to support limited U.S. engagement with Myanmar's powerful military, even though Myanmar has ties with North Korea.

Political reforms after five decades of repressive military rule have ended Myanmar's diplomatic isolation. But there's considerable opposition in Congress to forging U.S. ties with Myanmar's armed forces because of its human rights record and suspicions that it is involved in weapons deals with North Korea against U.N. sanctions.

Senior administration officials told a congressional panel Wednesday that the U.S. can strengthen the hand of reformers by providing training on human rights and on how a military should operate in a democracy.

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