Tuesday, 6 August 2019 23:38 WIB |
U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the United States the toughest sanctions on Nicolas Maduro's government so far.
"All property and interests in property of the government of Venezuela that are in the United States ... are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, or otherwise dealt in," Trump's executive order late Monday said.
There has been no response so far from the Venezuelan government, which joins Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria as the only other countries under a similar full U.S. embargo.
The United States has been increasing the economic and diplomatic pressure on Maduro, who has refused to give up power despite a popular uprising against his authoritarian government.
Trump said last week he is considering a blockade or quarantine of Venezuela. He gave no details of such plans but has always said military action in Venezuela remains on the table.
Russia and Cuba have already sent forces to Venezuela in support of Maduro.
Source : VOA