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At Least three Agreements with Guatemala and Mexico, and The White House Preparing Sanctions Against Ortega

At least three agreements will be signed by Vice President Kamala Harris with the governments of Guatemala and Mexico during her first international trip, revealed senior advisor at the White House’s National Security Council, Juan González, in an interview with Voice of America. The official also announced that the Biden Administration is already analyzing sanctions against the government of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua in response to the arrest of opposition leaders.

SEEN AT: CNN, New York Times, El Mundo, Infobae, and several media outlets in Latin America.

Published originally at VOA.

US Official: “A New Era of impactful and Decisive Measures” on Venezuela

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A senior official of the Trump administration told Voz de America that the United States will begin a new stage of pressure against the Venezuelan government, led by President Nicolás Maduro.

“Until now we have had a policy of interest for our officials and specific objectives. I think it’s fair to say that this era is over, a new era of impactful and decisive measures is what we are studying now, “he said.

The United States rejected the presidential election that took Nicolás Maduro in power on May 20, 2018, and went ahead as president on Thursday, January 10.

The official said that these new measures will be announced in the coming weeks and months, and will seek to “ensure that the regime does not have resources to oppress the Venezuelan people and to exacerbate the refugee crisis.”

He clarified that these actions are a series of “diplomatic, political and economic tools”, and that all sectors related to the Venezuelan government are under consideration, including the oil industry.

A “military option” is not within those considerations, the high official responded to VOA. However, when asked about the request made by US senators to consider Venezuela as a sponsoring country for terrorism, he replied that it is an option that “is on the table.”

In Caracas, the Venezuelan government calls the US sanctions “interventionist” and argues that Washington is managing a “coup d’état” to overthrow President Maduro.

Disappointed with Mexico

On the decision of Mexico, the only country of the Lima Group that did not accompany a joint declaration of ignorance to President Maduro, the official called it “disappointing”.

“The United States and Mexico have points of agreement and disagreement, and that is one in which we strongly disagree,” he said.

 

This article was originally published in my Spanish version website.

Hurricane Michael 2018

The real impact of what it means to have devastated an entire population begins to be seen little by little, as each of the 1,200 inhabitants return to see what was left of Mexico Beach after the passage of Hurricane Michael. Residents showed what it means for them to start over and pick up debris, dreams of a lifetime.

Michael made landfall on Wednesday, October 10 as a powerful hurricane with maximum winds of 250 kilometers per hour. In that way it became one of the three strongest storms in the history of hurricanes in the United States, and the most catastrophic in the northwest area of ​​the state of Florida in the last 50 years.

HURRICANE MICHAEL 2018 COVERAGE (Tallahassee – Panama City – Mexico Beach) Complete coverage in Spanish for Voice of America here.

Hurricane Irma: coverage in social networks

#Ahora Senador Marco Rubio: “Debemos tomar en serio el #HuracanIrma”. #Huracan #Irma #Huracanes #Miami #Florida

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White House: Members Of the Maduro Regime are Concerned about Sanctions Imposed

During my visit to Washington DC, sent by EVTV Miami to do several journalistic jobs, I was able to talk from the White House with Helen Aguirre Ferré, media director and special assistant to President Donald Trump. The issue from start to finish: Venezuela and the position of the United States government on the crisis that crosses the country.

The official said that US Does not seek to hurt the Venezuelan people, on the contrary, are seeking other measures “beyond to help Venezuelans to return to their country to reign human rights and respect for constitutional institutions.”

Asked what these sanctions are that the federal government seeks “beyond” and if the name of Diosdado Cabello is put on the table, she said that “members of the Maduro regime are not mocking behind closed doors, rather they are very concerned by the sanctions that have been established and those that are to come, we do not rule out any option.”

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“United States uses legal and diplomatic actions to support the Venezuelan people”

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Speaking with Lydia Barraza, spokeswoman for the United States Department of State, she said that the current crisis in Venezuela must be resolved by the Venezuelan people through the right to peaceful protest. “It must be the Venezuelans who decide the future of their country through the democratic expression according to the constitution”.

She indicated that the most recent sanctions of the Treasury Department against eight justices of the Supreme Court of Justice of the southern country are not directly related to the Venezuelan people and its economy. “The sanctions are not against the Venezuelan people nor against the Venezuelan economy, they are against eight judges of the TSJ that tried to usurp the powers of the National Assembly”.

Barraza explained that the United States uses legal and diplomatic actions to support the Venezuelan people in the task of rescuing the country’s democracy.

Since February the US Treasury Department In consultation with the State Department, have imposed new sanctions on Venezuelan officials, including Venezuela’s executive vice president Tareck El Aissami, accused of having ties to international drug trafficking. The latest conviction was imposed on officials of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, including its president Maikel Moreno and the former president of the institution, Gladys Gutiérrez.