Defence Web on 28th May reported that the US has proposed the UN Security Council impose sanctions against several South Sudanese ministers and officials, accusing them of obstructing peace efforts and blocking humanitarian assistance to civilians, according to a draft Resolution seen by Reuters. The Council sanctioned several senior South Sudanese officials on both sides of the conflict in 2015, but a US bid to impose an arms embargo in December 2016 failed. In November, Russia said it would be counter-productive to impose further targeted sanctions or an arms embargo on South Sudan. The proposed measures would freeze assets and ban travel for 6 officials, including Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, former army chief Paul Malong, Minister of Information Michael Lueth and deputy chief of defence for logistics in the South Sudan Army Malek Reuben Riak Rengu. It would also target Koang Rambang, governor of Bieh State, who the US accused of leading military attacks and obstructing aid to civilians; and cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomuro.