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US imposes sanctions on 5 officials from Venezuela

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The administration of US President Donald Trump on Tuesday imposed sanctions on five Venezuelan security officials and political figures in the latest action against the Caracas government aimed at toppling Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The Treasury said in a statement that the officials, who were all previously targeted by sanctions from the European Union or Canada, were linked to violence against opposition protesters and corruption under the umbrella of the Maduro government.

The United States and other Western countries recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as legitimate president of Venezuela.

“The ministry targets high-ranking officials who act on behalf of the unjust regime of former President Nicolas Maduro, who continues to exercise gross levels of corruption and human rights violations,” said Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin.

One of the five officials included in the sanctions was a senior official in the armed forces, the rest a National Guard officer, a secretary of the National Defense Council, a deputy to the pro-government Constituent Assembly and a senior intelligence official.

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