Government claims US sanctions are “unjustified”

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December 18th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government said on Monday that United States sanctions imposed on Thursday against two South Sudanese businessmen and retired Israeli army general are unjustified.

On Friday, the United States Treasury announced it was imposing sanctions on Israel Ziv, a retired Israeli army general, South Sudanese businessman Obac William Olawo and former South Sudan governor of Gogrial state Gregory Vasili “for being leaders of entities whose actions have the purpose or effect of expanding or extending the conflict in South Sudan.”

The United States also announced last week that it is ending its financial assistance to South Sudanese government in what the United States termed as pulling out from a government led by corrupted leaders.

“We will not provide loans or more American resources to a South Sudanese government led by the same morally bankrupt leaders, who perpetuate the horrific violence and immense human suffering in South Sudan,”  U.S. National Security Advisor John R. Bolton said in a statement on Thursday.

In response to the sanctions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a press statement on Monday describing the sanction as “unjustified.”

“The designations on 14th December 2018 by the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Affairs Asset Control, under Executive Order (EO) 13664 can only be described as unjustified action, especially coming in the wake of the recently signed Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mawien Makol said in the statement seen by the Nyamilepedia.

“The government of South Sudan would like to register its concern and protest in the strongest terms against these unjustified unilateral sanctions.” the statement further added.