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U.S. targets South Sudan’s oil entities over civil war


March 21, 2018 (NEW YORK/JUBA) - The United States is targeting South Sudan’s state-owned oil company (Nilepet), its Petroleum and Mining ministries and several other oil-related entities in a move, it says, aims halting the flow of funds used to finance the ongoing civil war.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (L) looks on as she meets President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir at The President Office in Juba on October 25, 2017 (AFP)

The U.S. Department of State, in a statement issued 21 March, said was taking action against 15 South Sudan oil-related entities “whose revenues have contributed to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan.”

The move, it explained, would now mean U.S., as well as non-US companies, will now need a license to export, re-export, or transfer exports of any US-origin goods or technology to the listed entities.

“By placing these entities on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List, the United States will impose a license requirement on all exports, re-exports, and transfers of any U.S.-origin items to those entities,” said US Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert in a statement.

“We call on the region and broader international community to join us in limiting the financial flows that fuel the continuing violence in the country,” she added.

The US Bureau of Industry and Security, Commerce added the following fifteen entities to a sanction list; Ascom Sudd Operating Company; Dar Petroleum Operating Company; DietsmannNile; Greater Pioneer Operating Co.Ltd; Juba Petrotech Technical Services Ltd; Nile Delta Petroleum Company; Nile Drilling and Services Company; Nile Petroleum Corporation; Nyakek and Sons; Oranto Petroleum; Safinat Group; SIPET Engineering and Consultancy Services; South Sudan Ministry of Minning; South Sudan Ministry of Petroleum and Sudd Petroleum Operating Co.

These entities are reasonably believed to be involved or to pose a significant risk of being or becoming involved, in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the US.

South Sudan’s information minister said Wednesday that Washington "is trying to destroy South Sudan’s economy and shut down the oil”.

“It’s an attempt to oust the government because they know our only source of revenue is oil," Michael Makuei told The Associated Press.

Early this month, The Sentry, an investigative initiative co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, accused South Sudan’s elites of using the nation’s oil wealth to get rich and terrorize civilians.

The report details how revenues from oil resources, the country’s main resources of revenue, are used to fuel militias and ongoing atrocities, and how a small clique continues to get richer while the majority of South Sudanese suffer or flee their homes due to conflict.

According to The Sentry’s investigations, Nilepet has been "captured by predatory elites" and is being used to fund the civil war, including a government-aligned militia accused of human rights abuses.

Since its independence, South Sudan has relied on oil for all its incomes, a situation that has significantly compounded the ongoing political and economic instability, due to the fall in crude oil prices.

Brad Brooks-Rubin, the managing director at The Sentry and Enough Project, said the US State Department move is an important use of non-sanctions measures to build pressure for peace in South Sudan.

“With these new requirements, South Sudanese entities will be forced to show that their work will benefit the country rather than provide funding to militias or line the pockets of corrupt leaders. The private sector, including both the extractives and financial sectors, should follow these measures carefully and ensure that they are not facilitating further conflict and corruption in South Sudan,” he said.

Brian Adeba, deputy director of policy at Enough Project said the move is an important step in the search for peace in South Sudan.

“As the next round of the South Sudan peace talks approaches, it is important for the United States and its partners to continue to build leverage by increasing these types of pressures to target as wide a network as possible to ensure that the parties to the conflict change their calculations in favor of peace,” he said on Wednesday.

South Sudan got the lion’s share of the oil when it split from Sudan in July 2011, but it’s only export route is through Sudan, giving Khartoum leverage and leading to ongoing pricing disputes.

Oil production in South Sudan has, however, been affected by the conflict that erupted in 2013 after a political disagreement between President Salva Kiir and his then deputy, Riek Machar, triggered war.

The war in South Sudan, which has featured the use of child soldiers, rape as a weapon of war, and mass atrocities, has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and has left over 2 million people displaced.


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  • 22 March 2018 07:16, by Nuer bi Bay Dom

    we welcome the US sanction on oil entities

    • 22 March 2018 14:18, by DumoMakuachdit

      Awan Chan Nyal government must go!!!!!!!!!! Am very pleased to hear this from US government.

    • 22 March 2018 17:05, by garrak1520

      It is important to understand the power of the US. Important to listen to their warnings. South Sudan government must stop the war and serve the population not their pockets. Soon shit will hit the fan and we shall see the outcome. The poor guy from Nilepet has exposed the thieves and now with NSS, another corrupt entity. It is countdown time for Salva Kiir and stooges.

  • 22 March 2018 08:24, by Kush Natives

    Such behavior will never forced us to eat rats and monkeys period. Those rebels elements who’re battling baseless vision will never smell the Sun. We will shut down an oil operations and see what they will fight For again. This useless move will not give you (rebels) a chance topple an elected government in the country. Keep changing the colors!

    • 22 March 2018 08:48, by Midit Mitot

      Wululu Kush Natives,

      That would be fine indeed to shutdown South Sudan oil company, oil is flowing to your idiots mouth rather than citizens. Your illiterate government will collapse sooner if US would implement this proposal, as South Sudanese citizens, we are celebrating that move indeed.

      • 22 March 2018 09:05, by South South

        Midit Mitot,

        Please do not say " as South Sudanese citizens, we are celebrating" Please see Nuer Riek’s IO supporters we are celebrating. By the way, we give you zero concern when it comes on how to run South Sudan, you are zero to us.

        • 22 March 2018 09:36, by Eastern

          South South,

          That sound pretty puerile. Try something better...!

          • 22 March 2018 10:11, by South South

            That’s the best I have and our country has it too. Take it like that or shut up.

        • 22 March 2018 10:08, by Malakal county Simon

          South South/Slave

          You sound abnormal!!

          • 22 March 2018 10:13, by South South

            Malakal county Simon,

            Where is your white army? You look like someone who is begging to get help. We told you this before. You look like a very small child to me.

            • 22 March 2018 11:02, by Malakal county Simon

              South South

              What’s prevented you from reachimg Akobo and Nasir surrounding areas?? White Armies right?? A small child is better than thick and empty brain of yours ya slave!!

            • 22 March 2018 11:02, by Malakal county Simon

              South South

              What’s prevented you from reachimg Akobo and Nasir surrounding areas?? White Armies right?? A small child is better than thick and empty brain of yours ya slave!!

        • 22 March 2018 12:41, by Midit Mitot

          Hhahaahah South Sudan,

          Your little mind will dump your fake regime for sure, we are working hard through day & night until you vomit.

      • 22 March 2018 10:02, by Kush Natives

        Midit Mitot,
        When will you come to visit South Sudan, so that you see how it look like? Changing identity doesn’t concern us at all. I know that you’re running on the curves around the borders between Ethiopia and Eritrean thinking that you are in South Sudan soil, that’s not how lebiration work idiot. We don’t drink oil. Only rebels does that.

        • 22 March 2018 12:45, by Midit Mitot

          Kush Native, Koryom2, South South,
          You three Nincompoop, though we are not in South Sudan, we will beat you thoroughly until your fake regime have to
          apology, otherwise we are working hard to dump your government.

      • 22 March 2018 15:23, by jubaone

        Most of these mafia-style entities are jienge outlets for siphoning out state monies. Just like the 112 worthless briefcase companies responsible for the $3.2b Dura saga which were 95% jienge-owned. For jienges SS is a golden calf which must spew out chunks of gold from it’s ass, while the jienges submissively wait for the gold coins to drop out like faeces. Good US.

        • 22 March 2018 15:29, by jubaone

          The US should compel Kenya and Uganda to drain the sources of jienge loot by freezing all accounts of thugs and lazy criminals. These jienge scoundrels are feeding, renting and schooling their kids with blood money. May their kids become criminals, thugs and drunkards while their daughters wayward harlots and prostitutes. May they be cursed and become sick and mentally unstable.

    • 22 March 2018 09:13, by Koryom2

      Mr. Kush Natives,
      The US & her allies are backing the wrong horses & they know it. We told them since they nudged their puppets/stooges to stage their 2013 foiled coup, that the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies usual regime business often work for them in Middles East, West Africa, Southern African or South American countries. But right here in South Sudan, that is>>>

      • 22 March 2018 09:21, by Koryom2

        Fellows, there is no more damn war here in South Sudan. The evils that keep lapping up this propaganda is the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy criminals like SUDAN TRIBUNE, RADIO TAMAZUJ, many Arab online tabloid & the CIA, MI6 & other foreign agents commandeered so-called "the East African" Have a look on all these:http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/929847399?-21266:8599

        • 22 March 2018 09:29, by Koryom2

          Mr. Kush Natives those links above are nothing but pieces of bullshits. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies are the ones that keep propagating their outrageous lies after lies>>>>

          • 22 March 2018 09:36, by Koryom2

            that there is still war going on in our country & this is simply for the evils to continue to keep themselves relevant. The same US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between are the ones who are holding some of these losers in these filthy so-called UN POC sites and the purpose is to use these losers as their bargaining chips or blackmails against our country>>>

            • 22 March 2018 09:43, by Koryom2

              and against our people. Again, the same US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs are holding their puppets, thieves & traitors like Rebecca Nyandeng, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol & Co. in Kenya, Khartoum, Adis Ababa & other countries & the game is to use these thieves & traitors as their bargaining cards & blackmails to our country & our people>>>

              • 22 March 2018 09:49, by Koryom2

                Remember fellows, the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs considered our country as their over sea’s protectorate and our people to be their subjects (slaves). And their so-called humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & human rights are what the evils think they can use to colonize our & us with, on the disguise. We keep telling some of these fools of ours to get the hell out of damn filthy>>>

                • 22 March 2018 10:05, by Koryom2

                  so-called UN POC sites & prepare their damn fields to grow their own damn food. But the losers just don’t want to get out, they want free UN rations. And be always use by the US, the UK, the UN & NGOs as blackmails and their begging bowls around the world. Anyway Mr. Kush Natives, if we use to follow some of our Nuers & some Equatorians, then the cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan would still>>

                  • 22 March 2018 10:12, by Koryom2

                    be lurking around some of their villages to date. Some of our Nuers & some of our Equatorians have never been the smartest kids on the block. They are always against the South Sudanese people’s interest, always. All in all, the US & her allies are just jumping from straw to straw & every straw they tend to clutch seems to snap. And these bullshits was the US & their allies own making>>>>

    • 22 March 2018 09:33, by Eastern

      Shutting down the oil pipeline is akeen to shooting your foot! Kiir tried that before....

    • 22 March 2018 09:59, by Malakal county Simon

      Kush Native
      Is fighting for a Reform and Equality, for every citizens in this country is that what you called a baseless vision?? This us why this country will never stop bleeding when we have a few ignorant people’s like you....

      • 22 March 2018 10:12, by Kush Natives

        Malakal county Simon,
        Which reforms is it? Slaughtering women, children, and destruction of the country. Is it that the reforms that you’re driving us along since 90s? Correct your records reforms before you comment again. Otherwise, you’re politically less informed by your killer whales. Call Riek Machar first, before you comment on his behalf again or maybe one of you is mentally ill.

        • 22 March 2018 10:55, by Malakal county Simon

          Kush Native

          That what your God-father faoled president Kiir did in December 2013 by killings Nuers civilians who have nothing to do with Dr Machar right??

          • 22 March 2018 10:57, by Malakal county Simon

            Where in the world a President is fighting a tribe?? Shame on you pinhead!!

            • 23 March 2018 07:45, by Koryom2

              Malakal County Simon,
              Do you even know the meaning of MALAKAL you named your sorry yourself about? Malakal had been taken by the owners long time ago, the Apadang Jaang/Dinka if you idiot don’t understand things>>>

    • 22 March 2018 10:05, by Joyuma John

      Dear Kush Natives,
      we need to agree sometime with our opposition when they are telling the trues. the facts must to be said, Nilepet is a source of corruption in kiir government this factmust to be admitted.

      • 22 March 2018 10:20, by Koryom2

        Mr. John,
        Agree with you. But the US game of treating our country like our country is its 51st state has gone too far. In fact, the US is most corrupt country on earth, but her corruption is slickly legalized that an average Deng or Gatluak wouldn’t notice how corrupt their damn US is. Whoever wants to be colonized by the US, the UK, their UN & NGOs must table it in the "national dialogue">>>

        • 22 March 2018 10:27, by Koryom2

          right here inside South Sudan. And all those shifty intrigues in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa would be settled without any problems. Those South Sudanese who would want to bring the evil white Americans, English people, Arabs of Arabia & the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan would be allowed to take their masters to their villages---it is very simple.

      • 22 March 2018 10:39, by Kush Natives

        Joyuma John,
        There’s nothing wrong with the truths, because truths set us free, but rebels completely think that the government become their God, rebels elements somewhere forgotten what they rebelled for, it wasn’t completely about Nile-Pet, if it was, then what about Nyakek & son’s operating company? Riek himself was part of the Nile-Pet looting groups, so what qualified or exempt him out of it

      • 22 March 2018 10:39, by Kush Natives

        Joyuma John,
        There’s nothing wrong with the truths, because truths set us free, but rebels completely think that the government become their God, rebels elements somewhere forgotten what they rebelled for, it wasn’t completely about Nile-Pet, if it was, then what about Nyakek & son’s operating company? Riek himself was part of the Nile-Pet looting groups, so what qualified or exempt him out of it

        • 22 March 2018 11:24, by Koryom2

          Mr. Kush Natives,
          If people are to honest to themselves, then there is no way under the sun there are still some of our fools who are not reading in between the lines that their UN, the UK, their UN & their NGOs are not our true uncles as they are often projected to be, in fact, they are our really enemies>>>>

          • 22 March 2018 11:29, by Koryom2

            Mr. Kush Natives,
            right after our country’s independence in 2011. Mr Salva Kiir to almost his then entire cabinet ministers to Washington to go & solicit the US investors to come & invest in our country since the war was considered over and the US people were considered by the South Sudanese people to have stood with us during our trying times & the US investors were given the first priority over>

            • 22 March 2018 11:34, by Koryom2

              other countries that the South Sudanese people respect. But the US investors told Mr. Salva Kiir & his ministers that there were no infrastructures in South Sudan to come & invest in them. But when Mr. Salva Kiir came & asked the Chinese investors to come & invest in our country & they Chinese agreed that they will. The US became enraged & wanted a regime change>>>>

              • 22 March 2018 11:40, by Koryom2

                Salva Kiir became a communist & a socialist overnight. And his government was dangerous to the US & the West interests in Africa & he must be removed from power at all costs. And be replaced with a US or a European puppet(s) who can go & be micro-managed in Washington, Wall Street, London, Paris, Dubai, Johannesburg, Virgin islands & some of their other shady countries the criminals go & bank>>>

                • 22 March 2018 11:47, by Koryom2

                  their loots in. And that was how the 2013 foiled coup was hatched. But since the US & their Allies puppets’ have been militarily crushed. They have resorted to blackmails & all. But the US & her allies are playing a very dangerous game. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies love affair with our country & our people has gone too far & it must stop.

      • 22 March 2018 12:56, by Midit Mitot

        Joyuma John,

        The fact must be told brother as you have stated, but don,t tell the fact my dear while in South Sudan, those of"


        will gossip against you. Juba government element does not want anyone who telling the fact OK.

  • 22 March 2018 13:46, by Sunday Junup

    Wulululu!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Salva Kiirimnal is gone for good!

  • 22 March 2018 15:42, by Lenin Bull

    It is no longer secrete that the US is now revealing its true colours and it is now becoming US war against the government of South Sudan after the Plan A failed flat( Rebel defeated militarily in the battle field). US stopped its financial assistance, and that did not affect the government of South Sudan, and now it is resources embargo, and weapons sanction/embargo!! Good luck US!! Alut Continua

  • 22 March 2018 16:24, by pabaak

    Sanctioned companies need nothing from racist government of Tramp who call African laziest and shithole, technology is found in America only, and this will not affect our sector, the one be affected is Tramp and his state department, will just them isolated day after day, and if somebody is following the

    • 22 March 2018 16:38, by pabaak

      Technology is not in American only, this is a world of technology and these companies cann find different routes instead of American technology.
      If any following the news about President Tramp you wouldn’t be doubt is a one term President, he pretended to correct others while forgetting his own problems.

      • 22 March 2018 16:54, by pabaak

        Also doubt even if he can complete his term, he might be impassed, the issue of following South Sudan Affairs will end soo.
        sometime I wonder why is so noise around us, do we share border with any these countries who are always against us, what their problem ? is it just few millions dollars for aids tha’s become peoples are following us ? I mean this country has cost millions lives to come

        • 22 March 2018 17:10, by pabaak

          To come to this extent, millions lives not your few millions dollars, so if you tried to tied our government hands down by this ridiculous sanction then you know the consequences.
          People or countries need to know that if think you’re powerful so you can decide on somebody affairs then know there other powerful than you "God", it’s protect those world think they can’t be protected, and if

          • 22 March 2018 17:24, by pabaak

            anybody doubt then asked people who have been before you, know South sureness people have survive throughout the history where a bitter enemies had attempted to make this land be an empty space they can be doing whatever they want from it.but did they succeed big no that’s why we a country today.
            So if I see people welcome the imposed sanction of South Sudan then you can see how this few millions

            • 22 March 2018 17:33, by pabaak

              Free millions of dollars have affected us, forgetting country is not worth more then anything, is about who the president And whether there corrupt system or not.

  • 22 March 2018 17:00, by lino

    Oil production should have been shutdown since the Independent Day on July 9, 2011 because it seems the only beneficiaries are Konyo Konyo Government in Juba, Terrorists Government in Khartoum, Chinese, Russia, and many small groups in Asia.
    South Sudanese left empty stomach and South Sudan Environment has been polluted!!!

  • 22 March 2018 17:31, by Kenyang ll

    Again, these ululations and commotions will come to abrupt end when everyone realizes this is just another batch of bullshit. These entities have little or no direct business with United States. Electronics and other equipment use in South Sudan are made in China and not imported from United states. China, Malaysia, India buy South Sudan oil, not United States. If anything these foreign ....

    • 22 March 2018 17:41, by Kenyang ll

      ...interference can create, it would be worsen already nosedived business activities which in turn affect the poorest further.

  • 22 March 2018 18:05, by Kenyang ll

    Still, there is no reason average South Sudanese would not be happy with anything, anybody who want to shutdown South Sudan oil pipeline. It’s not paying salary to army, civil servants, name it. The money go directly to Pres Kiir and cliques, and like hyenas on feast, you have heard them hiding and stuffing millions everywhere including workplaces while millions go hungry.

  • 22 March 2018 19:18, by Kenyang ll

    Salva Kiir’s recently appointed Salva Garang Mabiordit as minister of FINANCE, Agak Achuol as undersecretary ministry of TRADE, and Mayen Wol as undersecretary ministry of PETROLEUM. All these persons are Dinka Gogrial from same community. Opposite to these, Kiir had earlier promoted Dinka Aweil army officers and deployed them either to fight Malong or go disarm & protect Gogrial and ....

    • 22 March 2018 19:38, by Kenyang ll

      ... other disruptive communities. There are 63 different tribes in South Sudan they will speak for themselves. As Dinka Malual, did you see anything wrong with it? FINANCE, TRADE, PETROLEUM, and many other lucrative positions for Gogrial. Protecting positions, resources, fighting wars (caused by Gogrial) and keeping peace around the country for Aweil. Do you see why we are "foolish majority?

      • 22 March 2018 20:01, by Kenyang ll

        If Dinka occupied almost every lucrative position because we are majority and powerful, shouldn’t same logic applies to powerful and majority Dinka Aweil?

  • 23 March 2018 04:55, by Kush Natives

    No wonder, we’ll move on!

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