Venezuela won’t recognize US sanctions: president
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Wednesday said his government would not recognize new US sanctions against 13 leading ruling party figures.
“We do not recognize any sanctions,” said Maduro, adding the people Washington singled out were “brave Venezuelans.”
“For us [the sanctions] are a recognition of morals, loyalty to the coun- try and civic honesty,” said Maduro.
The Trump administration said it blacklisted 13 top Venezuelan officials in retaliation for Maduro’s refusal to cancel elections on Sunday for members of a National Constituent Assembly to amend the constitution.
Among the officials targeted by the US Treasury Department are Education Minister Elias Jaua, President of the National Electoral Council Tibi- say Lucena and national ombudsman Tarek William Saab.
The US “aims to use the threat of sanctions, or alleged sanctions, as a form of pressure to see whether they can break the Venezuelan government, to see whether they can break Venezuelan democracy,” said Maduro. Xinhua