A senior Venezuelan official has told Newsweek that the United States is the leading threat to the international community following the country’s recent decision to designate Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for sanctions due to his government’s dealings with Iran. The remarks came as President Donald Trump’s administration also introduced additional measures targeting Venezuela’s closest regional partner, Cuba. The White House cut ties with Maduro early last year and has imposed increasingly stringent economic restrictions on the socialist leadership in Caracas for fostering trade ties with Tehran, another government subject to the “maximum pressure” campaign led by President Donald Trump. With the Venezuelan leader now hit by a new round of sweeping sanctions announced Monday against individuals and entities associated with Iran, one of his diplomats defended the country’s approach. “Venezuela’s trade with Iran and with any other country is done in exercise of our sovereignty and under all legal parameters,” Venezuelan Vice Minister for North America Carlos Ron told Newsweek . As the U.S. splits with most of the world in enforcing Iran-related sanctions that were lifted by a 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by the Trump administration, Ron denounced Washington’s actions as unjustified and illegal. “What the whole world should… Read full this story
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