South Sudan's civil war continues to rage, the US State Department announced on Friday it is banning the export of weapons and defense services to the African Nation. While the US government does not conduct arms sales with South Sudan, the move prevents any US company or citizen from providing military equipment or defense services to the country's fighters.
The move also increases pressure on President Salva Kiir to end the war that has killed tens of thousands as well the humanitarian crisis that has plagued the country for years. The war broke out in 2013 when troops loyal to Kiir clashed with troops loyal to then Vice President Riek Machar.
ase fires have been repeatedly violated. And the Trump administration is urging neighboring countries and African groups to sanction South Sudanese officials who are aiding in the conflict. Some top officials close to Kiir have already been sanctioned by the United States, a move supported by the African Union.