The White House clarifies that the Executive Order on Sudan does not involve imposing sanctions at this time.

File – U.S. National Security Council communications spokesman John Kirby, a spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, said. – MICHAEL BROCHSTEIN / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby has clarified that the executive order issued by the United States on Thursday — which will allow federal agencies to expand sanctions on individuals who obstruct the transition to democracy in Sudan — does not imply that they will impose sanctions at this time.

During a press conference, Kirby explained that, for the moment, they have not imposed sanctions nor do they anticipate doing so: »This executive order will now authorize the Treasury Department and others to take a look and see if something like this is appropriate.»

This Thursday, President Joe Biden signed the executive order detailing that the situation in Sudan »constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States», a formula traditionally used for this type of decrees.

To avert this threat, the country’s agencies will have the ability to impose sanctions on individuals or agencies that interfere with the peace in the context of the clashes between the Army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

In the order, Biden states that »the violence taking place in Sudan is a tragedy, and it is a betrayal of the Sudanese people’s demand for civilian rule and a transition to democracy,» and confirmed Washington’s commitment to a peace process in the country.