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Pompeo: More Sanctions to Be Imposed on Venezuela
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Monday, 25 February 2019 14:55

Excerpt: "U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo said Sunday in an interview that the United States would impose more sanctions against Venezuela."

Mike Pompeo. (photo: Sergio Lima/Getty Images)
Mike Pompeo. (photo: Sergio Lima/Getty Images)

Pompeo: More Sanctions to Be Imposed on Venezuela

By teleSUR

25 February 19

"There'll be a meeting of the Lima Group on Monday, where further action will be contemplated. There are more sanctions to be had," Pompeo said in the interview with CNN.

.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo said Sunday in an interview that the United States would impose more sanctions against Venezuela.

"There'll be a meeting of the Lima Group on Monday, where further action will be contemplated. There are more sanctions to be had," Pompeo said in the interview with CNN.

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Colombia on Feb. 25 to attend a Lima Group meeting on behalf of President Donald Trump, the White House said on Thursday.

The Lima Group, comprising 13 Latin American countries and Canada, is a multilateral body established in August 2017 to focus on Venezuela's situation.

Pompeo also noted that the United States would provide more "humanitarian assistance" to Venezuela, saying the aid was requested by the opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Denying the existence of a humanitarian crisis, the Venezuelan government refused to let the aid cross the border and called the aid operation a U.S.-orchestrated show leading to an eventual invasion.

On Friday night, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced the closure of three bridges connecting the country with Colombia. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Saturday the severance of his country's diplomatic and political relations with Colombia, following the latter's support for Venezuela's opposition and military defectors.

"I think we'll find other ways to make sure that food gets to the people who need it," Pompeo said in the interview.

According to a statement issued by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States has airlifted approximately 191 metric tons of relief supplies to the Colombian border city of Cucuta since Feb. 4.

At the same time, the United States began pre-positioning 178 metric tons of locally-procured supplies in Boa Vista, near Brazil's border with Venezuela, the State Department said Friday.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself "interim president" on Jan. 23 and was immediately recognized by Washington.

In response, Maduro announced he was severing diplomatic and political ties with the United States, ordering all U.S. diplomatic and consular personnel to leave Venezuela.

Maduro has accused Washington of orchestrating a coup d'etat in order to install a puppet regime in Venezuela.

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+5 # DongiC 2019-02-25 18:05
Looks like the US is up to old tricks regarding Central America. I feel a war is coming or at least a military intervention. Naturally, we will back the conservative. Naturally, we will disregard the results of the recent election which Maduro won. Don't we ever grow tired of playing this imperialistic game?
+2 # janie1893 2019-02-26 03:01
The Lima Group, in its entirety, should back off from any political sanctions or action on Venezuela. What that group could be doing is using helicopters to do emergency drops of medications and other critically needed supplies just across the borders. No one outside Venezuela knows what the people want so leave alone them to work it out for themselves!!
+3 # ChrisCurrie 2019-02-26 07:48
It was morally depraved US corporation sponsored US sanctions against Venezuela that were largely responsible for creating Venezuela's economic problems in the first place. Donald Trump's morally depraved Administration is now attempting to make matters in matter in Venezuela even worse with additional sanctions--all to help US oil companies seize control of Venezuela's vast oil resources! It's like the build up toward's the disastrous military invasion and occupation of Iraq all over again, and our mainstream news agencies appear to be dishonestly "going along with it", just as they did for that Iraq military invasion and occupation of Iraq!
+3 # Porfiry 2019-02-26 09:38
I'm convinced our sanctions against Venezuelan socialism from the very beginning has created the problems in that country, not socialism itself. Our support for Guido is a blatant attempt to put our crony capitalist puppet into place. Shameful.
+1 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-02-26 09:56
Vicious economic warfare against a democratic country: it’s still despicable. & however did Venezuela get on top of all that US oil??
+1 # Anne Frank 2019-02-26 14:44
Venezuela must be punished for using its national wealth for the benefit of its people instead of sending it into the pockets of multinational banking and oil executives.