Venezuela won’t rec­og­nize US sanc­tions: pres­i­dent

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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

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