US Treasury Department sanctions four Venezuelan officials
The US Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on four Venezuelan senior military officers, accusing them of committing "corruption and oppression."
According to a statement issued by the Treasury Department, the four officers were either current or former military officers, and all of their assets subject to US jurisdiction would be frozen. The sanctions also prohibit US citizens from doing business with the individuals.
In an announcement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also urged the international community to stand with Washington on the sanctions.
A war of words between the United States and Venezuela has been escalating, as US President Donald Trump in July threatened to "take strong and swift economic actions" against Venezuela's government if the latter went ahead with rewriting the constitution.
On Nov. 9 2017, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against 10 current or former Venezuelan officials, whom it said "are associated with undermining electoral processes, media censorship, or corruption in government-administered food programs in Venezuela."