South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit (R) and Vice-President Riek Machar (C)standing together on May 6, 2008 in Juba. / AFP / TONY KARUMBA
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South Sudan's government said Thursday that a threat of U.S. sanctions if the country fails to deliver on a peace deal should be directed at rebels in the country rather than the presidency.South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 following a row between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar.This week, both sides agreed to let troops allied with Machar to return to the capital Juba for the first time since the conflict broke out, and a spokesman for Machar said he planned to return to Juba next week.U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is due to visit South Sudan Thursday and meet Kiir, who has led the country since independence from Sudan in 2011 .
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