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SOUTH SUDAN: US declares South Sudan situation a national security threat

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File photo: President Donald Trump. (Carlo Allegri | Reuters)

File photo: President Donald Trump. (Carlo Allegri | Reuters)

RADIO TAMAZUJ – President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, on Tuesday signed executive order to deal with the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, saying the raging civil war poses a threat to US national security and foreign policy.

In the order, Trump decided to extend US national emergency of April 2014 beyond April 2018 so that the US can deal with the youngest country’s problems.

The Trump administration said the situation in South Sudan has been marked by activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region.

“The situation in and in relation to South Sudan continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.  For this reason, the national emergency declared on April 3, 2014, to deal with that threat must continue in effect beyond April 3, 2018,” the orders reads in part.

“Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13664,” adds the order.

South Sudan government officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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