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Treasury Dept. Slaps New Sanctions on Venezuela Targeting Key Officials

A man holds up a poster that reads in Spanish: “Constituent Assembly – Imposed on us, Empty and It perpetuates more poverty” at a barricade set up by demonstrators on the second day of a 48-hour general strike in protest of government plans to rewrite the constitution, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 27, 2017. Venezuela is less than three days from a vote that would start the process of rewriting its constitution by electing members of a special assembly to reshape the charter. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

July 27, 2017
OAN Newsroom
The Trump administration is imposing more sanctions on the Venezuelan government.
Wednesday’s decision by the Treasury Department is directed at 13 current and former Venezuelan government officials.
The sanctions target an army chief as well as the vice president of the country’s state-owned oil company.
Treasury officials say they’ll use economic and diplomatic tools in response to Venezuela’s threat to democracy.
The move comes four days before the country’s vote in an effort to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution.
Opponents say it’s a way for President Nicholas Maduro to bypass Venezuela’s parliament.
U.S. officials say the Venezuelan government could face additional sanctions that could hit the country’s oil industry.

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