United States announces new sanctions against Venezuela

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro left and first lady Cilia Flores acknowledge the press corps as they arrive for a session with the Constituent Assembly in Caracas Venezuela. Maduro has moved to assert even

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro left and first lady Cilia Flores acknowledge the press corps as they arrive for a session with the Constituent Assembly in Caracas Venezuela. Maduro has moved to assert even

"I'm surrounded by sanctioned (officials)", he said. "It's a truly bad place in the world today".

"Currently we are witnessing the human tragedy" in Venezuela, Trump told the United Nations General Assembly.

The other Venezuelan officials US Treasury targeted with sanctions were described as members of Maduro's inner circle - Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez and Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez.

US Vice President Mike Pence separately said on Tuesday the United States would provide an additional $48 million to "partners in the region" to confront the "humanitarian crisis" caused by the growing migration of Venezuelans.

The statement also said that the sanctions could be lifted if those named "take concrete and meaningful actions to restore democratic order, refuse to take part in human rights abuses, speak out against abuses committed by the government, and combat corruption in Venezuela". Maduro is widely unpopular but has clung to power through what the USA says is rigged elections and corruption.

David Smilde, a Tulane University professor who has spent more than two decades living and working in Venezuela, said Tuesday's actions would seem to suggest the US has given up trying to sow division within the government in the hopes it could force a democratic transition from within.

"This clearly breaks from that strategy, said Smilde".

The Trump administration has levied several rounds of sanctions against Maduro's government since 2017.

The State Department sanctioned Cilia Adela Flores de Maduro, the wife of socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, as well as several current and former Venezuelan officials.

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Maduro refuted the United Nations refugee numbers, saying in September that only 600,000 left the country and that 9 in 10 want to come back. "Her only crime is being my wife".

Beyond rallying Maduro's opponents, it's unclear what impact the sanctions will have.

US pressure on Maduro has increased as the South American nation deals with hyperinflation, food shortages and declining oil production. He denies limiting political freedoms, insisting opposition leaders have plotted assassination attempts and sought to overthrow him through violent street protests. "Thank you, Donald Trump, for surrounding me with dignity".

The US has been at odds with Venezuela's socialist government for decades.

Cutz spoke publicly Monday at the Wilson Center think tank in Washington for the first time since leaving government.

Maduro says he is the victim of an "economic war" led by US-backed adversaries.

Diosdado Cabello is already subject to USA sanctions.

"From the country's plummeting economy to the deterioration of the rule of law, something has got to change", said Senator David Perdue, a Georgia Republican and member of the Armed Services Committee. The were imposed in July 2017, at the same time those targeting President Maduro.

It also seized a private Gulfstream jet worth $20m (£15.2m) belonging to Rafael Sarria, who according to the treasury department is a "front man" for Diosdado Cabello, the president of the National Constituent Assembly and an influential figure in the government.

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