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The United States says it is reviewing its military aid and other dealings with Thailand, its closest ally in Southeast Asia.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a blunt statement, “there is no justification for this military coup.”

He said “this act will have negative implications for the US-Thai relationship, especially for our relationship with the Thai military. We are reviewing our military and other assistance and engagements, consistent with US law.”

Kerry said he was concerned by reports that senior political leaders had been detained and called for their release. He urged the “immediate” restoration of civilian government and the lifting of curbs on the media.

Under US law, with limited exceptions, no US foreign aid may flow to any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup d’etat or decree.

At the same time the Pentagon said it was reviewing its military cooperation, including an ongoing joint exercise in Thailand involving some 700 US marines and sailors.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that as much as about $10 million in annual bilateral aid could be cut.

via US to cut aids to Thailand | Thai PBS English News.

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