US to 'impose sanctions' on South Sudan

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with members of the US military working with the UN in South Sudan Credit: Reuters

The US is planning on imposing sanctions on individuals on both sides of the South Sudan conflict, diplomatic sources have told Reuters.

The sources, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said that the sanctions would involve a ban on travel to the United States and the freezing of any assets under U.S. authority. People on both the rebel and government sides will be targeted, the sources added, without disclosing names.

News of an imminent US move came as Secretary of State John Kerry threatened sanctions against South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar if he spurned peace negotiations, while government forces battled for control of the northern oil town of Bentiu.