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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on two members of Myanmar’s military junta and threatened to take further action over the February 1 coup. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said the move targeted General Maung Maung Kyaw, who is the commander-in-chief of the air force, and Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun, a former army chief of staff and commander of one of the army special operations. offices that oversee operations from the capital, Naypyidaw. “The military must reverse their actions and urgently restore the democratically elected government in Burma, or the Treasury Department will not hesitate to take further action,” the department said in a statement. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken echoed the threat. “We will not hesitate to take further action against those who commit acts of violence and suppress the will of the people,” Blinken said in a statement. A general strike against the military regime shut down businesses in Myanmar on Monday and large crowds gathered peacefully despite fears of violence after authorities warned the confrontation could be deadly. Three weeks after taking power, the junta has been unable to stop daily protests and a civil disobedience movement calling for the reversal of the coup and the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “We call on the army and police to stop all attacks on peaceful protesters, immediately release all unjustly detained, stop attacks and intimidation against journalists and activists, and restore the democratically elected government,” Blinken said. Like several military officers appointed in the first round of US sanctions against Myanmar since the coup, both generals blacklisted on Monday have been appointed to the board’s State Governing Council. His designation freezes all American assets they may have and generally prohibits Americans from dealing with them.