**Japan Provides Ammunition for UN Mission in Sudan**
Japan has provided a shipment of ammunition to a United Nations peacekeeping mission in troubled South Sudan, making it the first time since World War Two that Tokyo has given arms to a foreign military.
Responding to requests by the U.N., Japan said it gave 10,000 bullets late Monday to the South Korean military, which is part of an international force dealing with violence that threatens to return South Sudan to civil war.
Japan has a pacifist constitution and is subject to a self-imposed ban on arms exports. But Tokyo officials say the law allows the provision of arms as part of U.N. peacekeeping operations, with approval by the cabinet.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he would like to revise the constitution to allow for what he calls a more "proactive peace policy" around the world.
He has also proposed relaxing the decades-old ban on the export, development and production of Japanese weapons.
**UN to Vote on Bolstering South Sudan Peacekeeping Force**
The United States says all members of the U.N. Security Council support a proposal to send 5,500 peacekeepers to South Sudan in order to protect civilians from worsening violence.
The Security Council is due to vote Tuesday afternoon on a resolution to transfer troops from other U.N. missions in Africa, following the proposal from U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power said late Monday that South Sudan is "in jeopardy" and that its leaders can either choose to engage in dialogue or tear the nation apart.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir said Monday in a meeting with U.S. special envoy for South Sudan Donald Booth that he is willing to hold talks with his former vice president Riek Machar without preconditions.
The country's Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told VOA that Mr. Kiir stressed in remarks to parliament that he will never again take South Sudan to war and that talks are the way to end the violence.