Background

Effective Feb. 2, the State Department has adopted a policy of denial of export licenses or other approvals for defense articles and defense services subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and destined for South Sudan. This policy will be subject to limited exceptions, although a notice announcing the change on the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls’ website gave no details on what those exceptions might be. State plans to issue a formal rulemaking amending the ITAR to reflect this change.

According to an agency press release, the U.S. is urging all countries to cut off the flow of defense articles and services to South Sudan, encouraging the African Union to consider sanctions measures against those who undermine the peace process in that country, and seeking support for a United Nations Security Council embargo on all arms flows into South Sudan.

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