Exclusive: U.S. weighs targeted sanctions against South Sudan - sources




 
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Exclusive: U.S. weighs targeted sanctions against South Sudan - sources
 
January 10th, 2014  
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Topic: Exclusive: U.S. weighs targeted sanctions against South Sudan - sources


Exclusive: U.S. weighs targeted sanctions against South Sudan - sources
By Louis Charbonneau and Warren Strobel UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is weighing targeted sanctions against South Sudan due to the failure of leaders in the world's youngest nation to take steps to end a crisis that has brought the country to the brink of civil war, sources briefed on U.S. discussions told Reuters. "It's a tool that has been discussed," a source told Reuters on condition of anonymity about the possibility of U.S. sanctions against those blocking peace efforts or fueling violence in South Sudan. The U.S. government was unlikely to consider steps intended to economically harm impoverished South Sudan but would likely focus on any measures on those individuals or groups it sees as blocking efforts at brokering peace or committing atrocities. Three weeks of fighting, often along ethnic lines, is ringing alarm bells in Washington over the prospect that the conflict could spiral into full-blown civil war, spawning atrocities or making South Sudan the world's next failed state.




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