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Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Falgun 27, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 19, 1436 Hijr


US declares Venezuela a national security threat
Published : Wednesday, 11 March, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 9

WASHINGTON, Mar 10 : The United States declared Venezuela a national security threat on Monday and ordered sanctions against seven officials from the oil-rich country in the worst bilateral diplomatic dispute since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013.
US President Barack Obama signed and issued the executive order, which senior administration officials said did not target Venezuela's energy sector or broader economy. But the move stokes tensions between Washington and Caracas just as US relations with Cuba, a longtime US foe in Latin America and key ally to Venezuela, are set to be normalized.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced the sanctions as an attempt to topple his government. Maduro said he would seek decree powers to counter the "imperialist" threat, and appointed one of the sanctioned officials as the new interior minister.    ?REUTERS











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