Venezuela: Arreaza Slams US for ‘Criminal’ Blockade

Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela April 8, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

“Today the Trump administration responds with desperation against us. The TRUTH hurts!” Jorge Arreaza tweeted.

April 26 (teleSUR) The United States Treasury sanctioned Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza Friday, who condemned the move and denounced what he described as “criminal” acts by the U.S. against the Latin American country.

US Sanctions Killed Over 40,000 Venezuelans Since 2017

The Office of Foreign Assets Control, a financial intelligence and enforcement agency of Treasury Department, designated Jorge Arreaza and Judge Carol Bealexis Padilla de Arretureta as targets of fresh sanctions.

“There are reactions that confirm that we are on the right path and give us more STRENGTH to fight. Yesterday at the UN, we irrefutably denounced the US criminal blockade against Venezuela. Today the Trump administration responds with desperation against us. The TRUTH hurts!” Arreaza tweeted.

At a United Nations meeting Thursday, Arreaza said that the unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States are not against officials, but against the general population.

Arreaza reported that in the coming days contested President Nicolas Maduro will announce the creation of a registry to “keep track of the effects our people are suffering as a result of the blockade” imposed by the U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

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Some reactions confirm that we walk the right path. It gives us more STRENGTH for the struggle. Yesterday, we denounced the US criminal blockade against Venezuela at the UN. Today, the Trump administration responds with desperation against us. TRUTH hurts!Treasury Department@USTreasuryTreasury sanctions Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs …5329:18 AM – Apr 26, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy714 people are talking about this

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said that “the United States will not stand by and watch as the illegitimate Maduro regime starves the Venezuelan people of their wealth, humanity, and right to democracy.” 

“(The) Treasury will continue to target corrupt Maduro insiders, including those tasked with conducting diplomacy and carrying out justice on behalf of this illegitimate regime.  This Administration stands with the Venezuelan people, and alongside an international coalition committed to holding accountable those who are responsible for Venezuela’s tragic decline,” he added.

In an advisory released September 20, 2017,  the U.S. Treasury Department said: “Venezuela faces severe economic and political circumstances due to the rupture of democratic and constitutional order by the government and policy choices.Endemic corruption, such as that seen in Venezuela, can further damage its economic growth and stability.”

A recent study released Thursday by the Washington D.C.-based Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) regarding the economic sanctions against Venezuela showed that the effects are hitting not only Maduro’s administration but also the civilian population after over 40,000 deaths were reported since August 2017.

“The sanctions are depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving medicines, medical equipment, food and other essential imports,” said Mark Weisbrot, the CEPR Co-Director and co-author of the report. “This is illegal under international laws and treaties that the U.S. has signed. Congress should move to stop it.” 

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