U.N.: China arms firm sold $20m in weapons to S Sudan

In this photo taken Wednesday, June 24, 2015, South Sudanese government soldiers patrol in Bentiu town, South Sudan. (File photo: AP)

A U.N. panel of experts has stated that a major Chinese state-owned arms supplier sold more than $20 million of weapons to South Sudan's government last year, several months into the country's deadly conflict.

The experts' report was made public on Tuesday, saying China North Industries Corp., also known as Norinco, sold South Sudan's government 100 anti-tank guided missile launchers, 1,200 missiles, about 2,400 grenade launchers and nearly 10,000 automatic rifles, as well as 24 million rounds of various types of ammunition.

The report also said South Sudan's military has somehow obtained four attack helicopters since the start of the conflict, whereas it had none before then.

The U.N. Security Council is now considering a U.S.-drafted resolution that would impose an arms embargo on South Sudan if its government doesn't sign a peace deal within days.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 13:56 - GMT 10:56