Venezuela crisis: US sanctions 13 top officials

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40731041

The US government has imposed sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials as pressure mounts on President Nicolás Maduro ahead of a controversial vote for a new constituent assembly.

The sanctions freeze the US assets of those affected, and stop US entities from doing business with them.

Those targeted include the interior minister and the head of the army.

Last week, President Donald Trump vowed “strong and swift economic actions” if Mr Maduro held the poll, due on Sunday.

“Who do these imperialists in the United States think they are?” Mr Maduro enquired on Wednesday. “The government of the world?”

He also called the sanctions “illegal, insolent and unprecedented”.

The vote, which Venezuela says will proceed as planned, is to choose the 545 members of a new constituent assembly that would rival the opposition-held National Assembly.

Critics say the president is trying to cement a dictatorship. He argues it is the only way to bring peace back to the divided nation.

The US sanctions also target the head of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, Tibisay Lucena, and former vice president Elias Jaua, who is leading the presidential commissions organising Sunday’s vote.

https://www.rt.com/usa/397628-venezuela-sanctions-democracy-threats/

Speaking to reporters on background, two senior Trump administration officials said the sanctions were a message to the government in Caracas not to proceed with the election for the Constituent Assembly, scheduled for July 30.

“It is our hope that Maduro will change his mind, but if he does go through with it, they can expect strong and swift economic actions,” one official said. Potential future measures include financial sanctions that would ban the use of dollars in buying and selling Venezuelan oil, or a total ban on oil imports into the US, Venezuela’s biggest customer.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was dismissive of the measures, calling Washington’s sanctioning of officials a“recognition” of their loyalty to the country.

He said the sanctions represent a moral “victory” for the Venezuelan state, Correo del Orinoco quotes.

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somebody wants a change of leader..those creating the angst are the most likely culprits..who are we looking at?

“The US government has imposed sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials as pressure mounts on President Nicolás Maduro”

mmm..

“It is our hope that Maduro will change his mind, but if he does go through with it, they can expect strong and swift economic actions,” one official said.”

wow..isnt that interfering in another countrys democratically elected government?..hypocrites!

401

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~ by seeker401 on July 28, 2017.

4 Responses to “Venezuela crisis: US sanctions 13 top officials”

  1. seems Citigroup needs more gold/for/$…

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-18/maduro-said-prepare-swap-venezuelas-gold-dollars-stay-power-unconstitutionally

    • USD?

      • another way to drain countries gold reserves, I suppose…and return them back where their place /according to the BankSTERS / is…

        ftom the zero hedge article>

        -As a reminder, we reported yesterday that Maduro has ordered the army into the streets as the insolvent nation braces for what the opposition has vowed will be the “mother of all protests” on Wednesday.

        Whatever the outcome of tomorrow’s protest, or Maduro’s upcoming gold lease or sale, one thing is certain:

        Hugo Chavez, who spent the last years of his life repatriating Venezuela’s gold is spinning in his grave.

  2. Maduro to Trump: ‘Stop aggression against Venezuela, stop meddling in Latin American affairs’

    https://www.rt.com/news/397656-maduro-trump-stop-agression/

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