South Sudan has condemned the United Nations Security Council decision to extend an arms embargo and targeted sanctions on the conflict-torn country for another year.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mawien Makol Arik said the extension of the sanctions was uncalled for, given that the East African nation is implementing a peace deal signed in September 2018.

The sanctions would not deter the parties to the peace agreement from moving forward because the government is committed to the attainment of lasting peace in South Sudan.

The UN Security Council extended the arms embargo and sanctions until May 31st, 2020.

The resolution was adopted by a vote of ten in favour, with five abstentions from three African countries in the fifteen-member council and from Russia and China.

The arms embargo was first imposed in July 2018 after violence escalated in the world’s youngest nation following the collapse of the August 2015 peace deal.