New Venezuelan Sanctions Target Maduro's Wife And His Inner Circle

New Venezuelan Sanctions Target Maduro's Wife And His Inner Circle

New Venezuelan Sanctions Target Maduro's Wife And His Inner Circle

Trump's threat - immediately denounced by Venezuela as an incitement to a "military uprising" - comes as the United States already piles economic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's inner circle amid an economic crisis that has led two million Venezuelans to emigrate.

So when news broke Wednesday morning that the presidential plane had taken off from Caracas, a flurry of speculation followed. "I would be willing to reach out my hand to the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to discuss matters bilaterally".

The White House previous year said a meeting with Maduro would happen when Venezuela returned to democracy.

Maduro's speech at the General Assembly gathering of world leaders came hours after Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and Canada formally asked the ICC to investigate Venezuela on a range of possible charges, from murder to torture and crimes against humanity.

On Tuesday, the U.S. treasury imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela's First Lady, which the socialist called "illegal unilateral sanctions".

"President Maduro relies on his inner circle to maintain his grip on power, as his regime systematically plunders what remains of Venezuela's wealth". Maduro slammed the U.S. move against his wife as cowardly.

"I bring the truth of a country that has not surrendered, a historic people that resisted colonial empires in centuries past, I bring the voice of a people who have the honor of being the birthplace of the Liberator Simón Bolívar", Maduro said addressing world leaders attending the 73rd UNGA session.

Accusing the United States of treating the world as its own property, he complained of "economic persecution" from US sanctions, which prevent using USA dollars for global trade like oil sales.

The New York Times reported earlier this month that American officials held talks with a former Venezuelan military commander to stage a coup in the Latin American nation, but Washington eventually decided against supporting the putsch. Before he left for the UNGA in NY, he said he hoped the "miracle" meeting would happen. "But If I can help people, that's what I'm here for".

Maduro arrived at a highly sensitive time, when talk of military intervention in the fast-collapsing country is escalating. "The strong ones and the less than strong ones - and you know what I mean by strong".

On Tuesday, he said Trump's comments were an apology for America's history of colonialism in the region and offered words of support for the sanctioned officials who joined him during an event broadcast over state television.

The surprise visit came after Maduro threatened to skip the global gathering, citing fears he could be assassinated as his once-wealthy OPEC nation spirals into a brutal economic crisis and worldwide pressure mounts for the socialist leader to step down.

Venezuela considers rounds of "illegal" sanctions against it to be acts of "economic war", and blames the U.S. for the collapse of its economy.

The request - announced on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly - also bolsters the idea that worldwide bodies can hold corrupt or abusive leaders or governments responsible before their citizens. As recently as last week he said he feared for his life should he go.

Human Rights Watch was among those hailing the request, which was based on two reports: one by the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights that uncovered widespread extrajudicial executions and other violations, and another by an expert group designated by the Organization of American States that found reason to suspect 11 people, including Maduro, of crimes against humanity.

Trump added that Maduro "needs to act a lot more humanely".

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