Sanctions to intervention: US options after ‘sham’ Venezuela vote

Sanctions to intervention: US options after ‘sham’ Venezuela vote

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The United States, which in March 2015 labelled Venezuela “a national security threat,” has already imposed sanctions on dozens of officials and companies from the Socialist government in Caracas. Maduro and several other senior government officials have been targeted and accused of corruption or complicity in drug trafficking. President Donald Trump has also banned US entities from buying bonds from the Venezuelan state or from its oil company, PDVSA, and has forbidden any trading in the petro, the new crypto-currency that Venezuela launched to the public in March.