US suspends $3.5M in military aid to Thailand

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is suspending $3.5 million in military aid to Thailand, its first punitive step against the Asian country following a military coup, the State Department announced Friday. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the review hours after Thursday's military takeover in Thailand, a U.S. treaty ally and close military partner. Kerry said Thursday there was no justification for the coup and urged the immediate restoration of civilian government and a return to democracy. Video and full story
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Caption: Soldiers take up position at the Democracy monument after the coup was declared in Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND)

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