US threatens sanctions on those blocking peace deal in S Sudan




WASHINGTON: The United States is considering sanctions on anyone impeding attempts to reach a peace agreement in South Sudan and, in particular, anyone committing human rights abuses, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Wednesday. She was speaking a day after a delegation from the UN. Security Council said there were reports that the warring factions were arming for another bout of fighting, one that could lead to a famine in the East African state. The delegation also threatened sanctions on both sides. “We are considering sanctions options, as appropriate, to target those who are acting to impede the peaceful resolution of the conflict in South Sudan,” Harf told a news briefing. This applied in particular to people responsible for human rights violations, she said. 

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