US Threatens to Target Countries That Support Venezuela’s Maduro

Bolton vows sanctions against any company doing business with Maduro

Monday night’s US announcement of an economic embargo against Venezuela was quickly criticized by the Venezuelan government, who termed it an “act of war,” and said that all options are on the table. Russian officials labeled the US move “economic terrorism.”

The Trump Administration, and John Bolton in particular, are looking to double-down on the move, saying they intend to also target any country that supports Maduro, and are prepared to sanction any international country caught doing business with Maduro.

Bolton is representing the US in a summit on Venezuela, and is pushing for more and tougher international action to try to impose the US-demanded regime change that they’ve been pushing since January.

Bolton says anyone that continues to do business with Venezuela must proceed “with extreme caution,” and that companies need to choose between Maduro personally or the entire US financial system.

Author: Jason Ditz

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