U.S. Eases Burma Import Ban

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the media following a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the U.N. on September 21, 2012 in New York City. The 67-year-old Nobel laureate has also met with U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton since arriving in the states. At a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Aung San Suu Kyi received the Congressional Gold Medal.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday that the U.S. will ease on one its key economic sanctions against Burma—the tough import ban. During a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, Clinton the move is in “recognition of the continued progress toward reform and in response to requests from both the government and the opposition.” The announcement comes on the heels of the White House’s move toward restoring normal diplomatic relations with Burma as well as suspends the investment ban. Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi, in the U.S. for a landmark trip abroad, indicated last week that she would support lifting the import ban.

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