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US imposes sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court

US imposes sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court

The Treasury Department has announced that it has sanctioned eight top Venezuelan government officials - all members of the country's Supreme Court of Justice.

The US Treasury Department has in the past sanctioned Venezuelan officials or former officials, charging them with trafficking or corruption, a designation that allows their assets in the United States to be frozen and bars them from conducting financial transactions through the United States. Several humanitarian organizations and the opposition have accused the security forces of using too much violence during demonstrations against the government, which have left dozens dead.

Word of imminent new sanctions coincided with White House talks on Thursday between Trump and President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Venezuela's neighbor. Over 1,000 people have been arrested.

Following Security Council talks, US Ambassador Nikki Haley called for countries to send a message to Maduro.

His government has also denied the accusations made by the U.S. government and called them a pretext for trying to overthrow Maduro. “I respect people who work in offices, but I have no respect for politicking, ” a defiant Capriles, his voice rising, says later.

"We will never be a threat against the peace and security in worldwide or the regional level", he insisted.

Senator Ted Cruz was among the first USA lawmakers to react to news of the sanctions. Venezuela officially notified the OAS on April 28 that it intends to quit the regional group.

The United Nations Security Council on May 17 turned its attention to the crisis in Venezuela.

He warned that if things go wrong, Venezuela could "descend into conflict" and threaten global peace and security.




"We will not let the homeland fall into chaos", he said.

Ramirez dismissed Britain, saying it was following the U.S.

"As President Trump has said, Venezuela is a disaster".

But some opposition sympathizers say such mob-like harassment is the wrong way to confront the government.

Anti-government protesters stand around burning tires serving as a road barricade, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, May 18, 2017.

"It doesn't help at all because the United States is not a mediator", he said.

Bolivia's United Nations ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz, a member of the Security Council, agreed with Ramirez, telling reporters: "This meeting, instead of helping solve the problem, it will really be an obstacle".

The death of a 15-year-old boy brought the toll from weeks of protests in Venezuela to 43 - a sad milestone that matched the number killed in the last comparable wave of unrest, in 2014.

On Monday, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that OPEC and Russia had agreed to extend the oil production cut deal struck at the end of a year ago until March 2018.


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