CARACAS.– The Venezuelan government reiterated this Thursday that Venezuela is a free and sovereign country, and condemned the latest sanctions imposed by the United States government, which violate international law and “are part of the systematic campaign of aggression” against the South American country.
“These illegal measures expose the imperialist pretensions and intentions of Donald Trump,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted.
He reiterated that the Bolivarian nation will continue to exercise its right to self-determination and will offer “a new lesson in democracy and peace on December 10,” when municipal elections are scheduled to take place, reported teleSUR.
On November 9, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced new sanctions against several members of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) and three governmental ministers.
The coercive U.S. measures against Venezuela are applied under the same arguments of alleged human rights violations, without presenting evidence and based on “denunciations” from leaders of sectors of the Venezuelan opposition.
The Ministers of Culture, Urban Agriculture and the Office of the Presidency, Ernesto Villegas, Freddy Bernal and Jorge Márquez, respectively, are among those sanctioned by the Trump administration.
The Vice President of the CNE, Sandra Oblitas, and members of this body, Socorro Hernández and Carlos Quintero, also appear of the list, reported PL.
According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the measures involve the freezing of assets in the United States, and the prohibition on U.S. citizens making transactions with these figures.
On August 25, President Trump signed an executive order to impose economic sanctions on Venezuela, two days after the threats made by Vice President Mike Pence in this regard.
In a press briefing that same day, White House press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders noted that the executive order “prohibits dealings in new debt and equity issued by the government of Venezuela and its state oil company,” PDVSA.