The United States Treasury Department announced on Friday that it was imposing new sanctions on four high ranking officials in Venezuela. The officials are all current or former senior officers in the Venezuelan military.
“President Maduro and his inner circle continue to put their own interests above those of the Venezuelan people,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “This action underscores the United States’ resolve to hold Maduro and others engaged in corruption in Venezuela accountable. We call on concerned parties and international partners around the world to join us as we stand with the Venezuelan people to further isolate this oppressive regime.”
The officials include Rodolfo Clemente Marco Torres, the Governor of Aragua State and an External Director on the Board of Directors of Petróleos de Venezuela; Francisco Jose Rangel Gomez, a former Governor of Bolivar State; Fabio Enrique Zavarse Pabon, the Commander of the Capital Integral Defense Operational Zone of the National Armed Force; and Gerardo Jose Izquierdo Torres, the State Minister for the New Border of Peace and the Executive Secretary of the Presidential Border Commission.
Last summer, the Trump administration imposed economic sanctions on many officials within the Venezuelan government, including President Nicolas Maduro himself.