US sanctions four Venezuelan officials for corruption

The US issued sanctions against four Venezuelan government officials tied to corruption and repression in the South American country. “President Maduro and his inner circle continue to put their own interests above those of the Venezuelan people,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “This action underscores the United States’ resolve to hold Maduro and others engaged in corruption in Venezuela accountable.” The sanctions against current and former Venezuelan officials who the Treasury Department says are part of President Nicolas Maduro’s inner circle and involved in military corrupt schemes and repression of citizens.

They include Rodolfo Clemente Marco Torres the former Minister of Food, Francisco Jose Rangel Gomez, a retired Division General for the Bolivarian National Guard, Fabio Enrique Zavarse Pabon, the State Minister for the New Border of Peace, and Gerardo Jose Izquierdo Torres, Major General of the Venezuelan Army. The US says the designations highlight that corruption and repression continues under the Maduo regime. Venezuela is expected to be one of President Donald Trump’s top foreign policy priorities, after Iran and North Korea. The Trump administration leveled several rounds of sanctions against dozens of Venezuelan officials in late July and early August, calling Maduro a “dictator” and directing sanctions against him specifically.

Source: Kuwait News Agency