Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir warned Friday that his country is close to going to war against South Sudan, according to an AFP report.
"The climate now is closer to a climate of war than one of peace," said Bashir on national television.
Tension has been rising between the two countries since Sudan seized a shipment of 1.7 million barrels of South Sudanese oil.. In response to the move, South Sudan halted oil exports, which usually pass through Sudan, earning that country a substantial amount of money in taxes.
The countries are also locked in a border dispute over the oil-rich Abyei region, which both claim as their own sovereign territory.