The UN Security Council held a closed-door meeting on the Myanmar situation on Tuesday, following Myanmar's declaration of the one-year state of emergency and the handover of the state power to the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing on Monday.
"The president said this morning that he is deeply concerned that the military coup in Myanmar could further exacerbate the problems of the most vulnerable, including Rohingya Muslims", his spokesman Brendan Varma, said on Tuesday. The closed-doors videoconference meeting, where representatives of 15 countries including China, Switzerland and Britain were present, lasted over two hours.
The White House said in a statement that Biden stressed his commitment to strengthen U.S. Last weekend, the Southeast Asian nation faced a coup, but the most powerful worldwide body like the United Nations took no immediate action.
As per a text drafted by Britain, Myanmar would need to immediately release all those who have been unlawfully detained. There was no mention of sanctions, AFP reports.
However, the statement was not issued because it requires support from all 15 council members and the United Nations missions for China and Russian Federation.
"I strongly condemn the recent steps taken by the military and urge all of you to collectively send a clear signal in support of democracy in Myanmar", she added.
The United Nations quoted Burgener as saying that she was surprised and shocked because the military leaders told her the day before the coup that they will continue talks with the government and the election commission.
China along with Russian Federation reportedly blocked efforts by the UNSC at its consultative meeting on Tuesday to issue a strong statement condemning the coup.
The planned exercise has drawn keen attention amid concern that the North could use the exercise as a pretext for provocations in the early months of the administration of US President Joe Biden.
Already the US imposed Global Magnitsky sanctions against the senior military officials in Myanmar over human rights abuses.