Venezuela criticizes new US sanctions

Venezuela condemns the expansion of sanctions by the United States. This was stated by the Foreign Minister of the country Jorge Arreaza.

“These illegal actions reveal the imperialistic aspirations and intentions of Donald Trump,” the minister wrote in his Twitter.

According to him, the sanctions are part of the aggressive campaign of the American authorities against Venezuela.

“They are aimed at restoring violence and destabilization in our country,” Arreasa said.

Earlier the US Treasury announced Thursday that it had sanctioned 10 Venezuelans, including a number of government officials, in the latest step by the Trump administration to pressure Caracas over what it calls an erosion of democracy in the oil-rich country.

The move comes amid recent decision of EU envoys to expand embargo against the country.

“These individuals are associated with undermining electoral processes, media censorship, or corruption in government-administered food programs in Venezuela,” the Treasury Department said in a statement.