The United States has imposed new sanctions over Venezuelan government on Monday and also called on its allies to cease the assets of Venezuela state-owned oil company PDVSA after deadly violence at the Venezuelan border long with Colombia to block the humanitarian aid from entering the country over the weekend.
According to Reuters news reports, as Colombian foreign minister cautioned about “credible threats to the life” of self-proclaimed interim Venezuelan president Juan Guaido, the US president Donald Trump’s administration took the pressure campaign to the UN security council, urging them to discuss the condition and situation in Venezuela, as diplomats said.
The US treasury department’s sanctions were imposed over Venezuela’s four state governors, within the government and supporter of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, and blocked any assets they have been controlling in the US.
The new sanctions on Venezuela were announced in Bogota, as the US vice president Mike Pence met with Guaido along with members of Lima Group. Pence said Washington would stand by Guaido until country regains freedom. He called for Group to immediately cease PDVSA’s assets and transfer ownership from Maduru’s “henchmen” to Guaido’s pro-government.
Pence said: “In the days ahead … the United States will announce even stronger sanctions on the regime’s corrupt financial networks. We will work with all of you to find every last dollar that they stole and work to return it to Venezuela.”