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U.S. to rethink foreign policy towards Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis

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The U.S. State Department will undergo an "assessment of policy" towards Myanmar as a response to the continuing Rohingya crisis.

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The department said in a statement that it was considering "economic options" to target Myanmar for the atrocities against the Muslim Rohingya.

Just last year, the United States government lifted unrelated decades-long sanctions against the country.

On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee heard testimony on the matter.

"In recent weeks we've witnessed the appalling images of the atrocities being committed by the Burmese military against the Rohingya minority," Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said. "We continue to hear the truly heartbreaking accounts of human suffering."

Corker said the panel's first priority is the humanitarian situation for more than 500,000 refugees who have so far fled to Bangladesh. The senator said he is "shocked and dismayed" at Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi dismissing U.S. concerns.

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