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US seeks UN arms embargo against South Sudan

South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, descended into war in December 2013, leaving tens of thousands dead and more than 2.5 million people displaced as fighting rages between President Salva Kiir's government forces (pictured) and rebel forcesThe United States on Thursday launched a bid at the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan following UN warnings that the war-torn country could descend into genocide. US Ambassador Samantha Power said a draft resolution will be presented to the council in the coming days to ban weapons sales to the African country and impose sanctions, setting the stage for a clash with Russia, which opposes an arms embargo. “South Sudan is a nation at the precipice,” Power told the council.

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