US slaps arms embargo on South Sudan, urges UN to do same

2018-02-02 20:00

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Washington - The Trump administration is imposing a US arms embargo on South Sudan while urging the United Nations and other countries to do the same.

A State Department official says the US is restricting all sales of defence equipment and services to all parties to South Sudan's conflict. It's mostly symbolic since the US has almost no defence trade with the country in the first place.

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The official says the move is in response to South Sudan's humanitarian crisis and that the restrictions effectively amount to a "domestic arms embargo." The official wasn't authorised to discuss the situation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The United States is also calling on South Sudan's neighbours to implement similar arms restrictions and urging the UN Security Council to support a global embargo on the country.

Read more on:    un  |  south sudan  |  east africa

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