Latest testimonies from inside Myanmar belies claims of return to normality.
Part of the crackdown also includes pressuring the Chevron Corporation, a US oil firm, to pull its money from the country, amid charges from rights activists that the investments aid the military.
“Where are the peace and human rights defenders of the world (the super powers)? They haven’t done enough in this case. Isn’t there oil in Myanmar?”Lost Soldier, Arusha, Tanzania Send us your views
On Monday, Bush expressed frustration during a rally in the US state of Arkansas at the lack of international cohesion on Myanmar, saying that “sanctions don’t mean anything if we’re the only sanctioner”.
Previous measures taken by the US treasury department froze assets that the targeted individuals have in US banks or other financial institutions under US jurisdiction.
Lack of influence
The president’s plea to other countries is seen as a tacit admission of the limits of US clout with Myanmar’s rulers.
China is the closest Myanmar has to an ally, acting as a key trading partner and arms supplier, and is seen as the linchpin for any international pressure campaign.
The US move follows weeks of unsuccessful international efforts to get Myanmar’s government to end its crackdown on anti-government protesters.
He said one approach could be a combination of strong encouragement of the authorities in Myanmar to do “the right thing” along with some incentives to say “the world is not there just to punish Myanmar”.