In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, rebel fighters walk through town after receiving food in Akobo, near the Ethiopian border, in South Sudan. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
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The United States is set to announce an arms embargo against South Sudan Friday, three sources familiar with the decision told Reuters, stepping up pressure against President Salva Kiir to end the country's civil war and humanitarian crisis.In December 2016, the Obama administration had attempted to convince the United Nations to back an arms embargo against South Sudan.While there is no U.S. weapons trade to South Sudan, arms continue to flow into the country through neighboring states from countries in eastern Europe, according to one U.S. source.U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council last Wednesday it was time to impose a U.N. arms embargo on South Sudan. The European Union imposed an arms embargo on Sudan in 1994, which was amended to also apply to South Sudan when the country gained independence from Sudan in 2011 .
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