Washington imposes 'arms embargo' on S. Sudan, urges related calls from UN

"The Department of State today announces that it is implementing restrictions on the export of defense articles and defense services into South Sudan", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. The move, however, is mostly symbolic since the U.S. has nearly no defense trade with the East African country.

Humanitarian needs in South Sudan continue to escalate at an alarming rate.

"We will appeal for a lot of money [.] for right now 2.4 million refugees in neighboring countries including Kenya, a number that we project will rise above 3 million by the end of the year if the conflict does not stop". "We encourage IGAD and the African Union to consider sanctions measures against those who undermine the peace process", the department said in a statement. "The message must be clear - the United States, the region and the worldwide community will not stand idly by as innocent South Sudanese civilians are murdered", the statement said.

Countries now on the ITAR blacklist include Belarus, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela.

The Trump administration is imposing a USA arms embargo on civil war-torn South Sudan while urging the United Nations and other countries to do the same. Haley visited South Sudan in late October and met with Kiir.

"The conflict in South Sudan has taken a brutal and deadly toll". Russian Federation has said it would only worsen the situation and China has said the U.N.'s most powerful body should send out more "positive and enthusiastic messages". The council sanctioned several senior South Sudanese officials on both sides of the conflict in 2015.

Washington imposes 'arms embargo' on S. Sudan, urges related calls from UN
Washington imposes 'arms embargo' on S. Sudan, urges related calls from UN

However, President Festus Mogae last month last month told the IGAD council of ministers that aid workers continue to face difficulties to reach civilians despite a presidential decree ordering to facilitate the humanitarian access. The message must be clear - the United States, the region, and the worldwide community will not stand idly by as innocent South Sudanese civilians are murdered.

The conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives since then, slashed oil production and driven about a third of the population of 12 million from their homes.

South Sudan is the worlds youngest country, and has been supported by the US since it's inception in 2011.

United Nations experts report South Sudan has spent millions on weapons, while the country suffers from starvation and is in the midst of an economic crisis.

Mr Grandi said the violence was "purging South Sudan of the people who should be the greatest resource of a young nation".

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