The United States has imposed sanctions on 15 South Sudanese oil companies it said were helping to fund the country’s ongoing civil war.
In a statement, it said that it would release the names of the sanctioned companies on 22 March but that they “are a source of substantial revenue for the government of South Sudan.”
“Unfortunately, the South Sudanese government, and corrupt official actors, use this revenue to purchase weapons and fund irregular militias that undermine the peace, security, and stability of South Sudan rather than support the welfare and current emergency food needs of the South Sudanese people,” the statement added.
The US is the largest donor of aid to South Sudan.
Last month, Washington announced an arms embargo against it.