US Set to Impose New Sanctions On Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday authorities confiscated his passport and prevented him from traveling to NY to discuss his country's deadly political crisis with United Nations officials. The opposition rejects that plan as another attempt by the president to tighten his grip on power, and opposition leaders are calling on Venezuelans to continue to take to the streets in protest.

Three people, including two teenagers, were killed in Tachira this week.

At least 43 people have died during weeks of clashes between government forces and opposition demonstrators angry at President Nicolas Maduro's handling of an economic and political crisis.

Police have fired tear gas and protesters have hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails in near-daily clashes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro discussed the global oil markets situation in a telephone call at Venezuela's initiative, the Kremlin said on Thursday, as support for the extension of the OPEC/non-OPEC production cuts seems to be growing by the day.

The new sanctions package was aimed at stepping up pressure on supporters of President Nicolas Maduro amid growing global concern over a crackdown on mass street protests.

The executive order issued Thursday marked the second time the US has sanctioned leaders of Venezuela's socialist government since Donald Trump became president this year.

Godoy Calderon said after the U.S. senate resolution and the subsequent approval by the OAS (made up of South American and Caribbean countries) a wave of violent protests was unleashed in Venezuela. During the telephone conversation, Maduro's initiative, they particularly dealt with the implementation of oil production reduction agreement signed by members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and by non-oil nations as well.

"The US meddling stimulates the action of violent groups in Venezuela", he said, after showing photos of vandalism and violence he blamed on opposition groups.

"When you look at the oil reserves that they have, when you look at the potential wealth that Venezuela has, you sort of have to wonder why is that happening, how is that possible?" said Trump.

Perez Wednesday said Maduro had been given assurances by Stuart that "he will never act against the Venezuelan people". Hopefully that will change and they can use those assets for the good.

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, however, said on Twitter that the United States was out to topple the Venezuelan government.

"As President Trump has said, Venezuela is a disaster".

Other opposition leaders have also said that they've had their passports revoked by the government.

They pledged to work together to help the Venezuelan people.

With worldwide pressure against Venezuela's government mounting, the United Nations Security Council turned its attention to the country's crisis for the first time on Wednesday.

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