US takes action against five Venezuelan officials

WASHINGTON, The US identified Tuesday five current officials of the Government of Venezuela pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13884, which “blocks the property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela and those who have acted or purported to have acted on its behalf.” Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin said in a statement that the Treasury is identifying high-level officials acting on behalf of the “oppressive regime” of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, “which continues to engage in egregious levels of corruption and human rights abuses.” “This action harmonizes our efforts with those of international partners like Canada and the European Union that have imposed sanctions against former Maduro regime officials,” he added.

For his part, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a separate statement in this regard “while Maduro and his associates continue to enrich themselves, the Venezuelan people suffer brutality, violence, and oppression at the hands of the intelligence, security, and armed forces.” “Today’s action demonstrates the United States’ continuing commitment to maintain maximum pressure on the former Maduro regime to help ensure a democratic transition in Venezuela,” he stressed.

He affirmed that “with our democratic partners in the region and around the world, the United States will continue to support interim President Guaido, the National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela.” Pompeo noted that the individuals identified today “are associated with corruption, human rights abuses, acts of intimidation, and violence.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency