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U.S. wants Venezuela punished by 35-nation group


She said the May 20 elections, in which Maduro is seeking re-election, would be fraudulent if independent observers were absent.

The Trump administration called Tuesday for President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela to step down.

The Venezuelan deputy minister for North America and representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Samuel Moncada, rejected on Monday the statements made by the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, and demanded respect for the peoples of Latin America.

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Monday against Venezuela's former financial intelligence chief over his alleged work as a drug kingpin, and 20 Venezuelan and Panamanian firms for allegedly laundering narcotrafficking proceeds. "Hold real elections. Give the people of Venezuela real choices because the Venezuelan people deserve to live in democracy once again", he said.

A Pence aide said they expect the Venezuelan delegation to walk out during his speech.




The Venezuelan government has refused to allow worldwide aid, alleging that would amount to foreign intervention.

The Trump administration has also been weighing new oil-related sanctions on a Venezuelan oil services company and on insurance coverage for tankers carrying Venezuelan oil. Maduro asked a crowd in a rally on Tuesday in southern Amazonas state, condemning the USA president and vice president for sanctions on his government.

The Treasury Department said in a statement that Martin used his government position to accept bribes from drug traffickers, and helped facilitate the movement of multi-ton loads of cocaine through Venezuelan airspace. They are owned or controlled by the three individuals, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement on its website. It is the third-largest source of US imported oil.

On Monday, the Venezuelan representative to the OAS, Samuel Moncada, rejected Pence's statements and attempted to show US concern for the people of the region as hypocritical, citing the tens of thousand of Central America refugees who have lost their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) during the Trump administration, making them subject to deportation to countries where they face threats of violence and death.

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