US slaps new sanctions on Venezuela

17:34 EDT 9 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

US slaps new sanctions on VenezuelaThe United States imposed new sanctions on crisis-hit Venezuela on Wednesday, targeting members of a controversial, all-powerful, loyalist assembly installed last week to bolster what Washington calls the "dictatorship" of President Nicolas Maduro. The measures were aimed at six members of the so-called Constituent Assembly -- among them the brother of late president Hugo Chavez -- as well as a military officer in charge of security for the body, and a board member of the national electoral authority. "President Maduro swore in this illegitimate Constituent Assembly to further entrench his dictatorship, and continues to tighten his grip on the country," US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

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