Venezuela hit with new U.S. sanctions after aid clashes

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Published on February 25, 2019 - Duration: 02:00s

Venezuela hit with new U.S. sanctions after aid clashes

The United States targeted Venezuela's government with new sanctions on Monday and called on allies to freeze the assets of its state-owned oil company PDVSA after deadly violence blocked aid from reaching the crisis-hit country during the weekend.

Havovi Cooper reports.

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Venezuela hit with new U.S. sanctions after aid clashes

SOUNDBITE MIKE PENCE, U.S. VICE PRESIDENT SAYING: "Despite Maduro's brutality we will press on." U.S. Vice President Mike Pence slapped fresh sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government Monday as he met with the country's opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido in Bogota, Colombia..

SOUNDBITE MIKE PENCE, U.S. VICE PRESIDENT SAYING: "Effective today the U.S. will impose additional sanctions on regime officials including 3 border state governor's implicated in last week's violence and a member of Maduro's inner circle." The new punitive actions come after deadly clashes erupted over the weekend, between security forces loyal to Maduro and a U.S.-backed opposition attempt to bring aid into the economically devastated countrY--aid, which Maduro has refused to let in.

At least three people died and almost 300 people were wounded near the Brazilian border.

Some trucks carrying food and medicine for Venezuelans were set on fire.

SOUNDBITE MIKE PENCE, U.S. VICE PRESIDENT SAYING: "The tragic events of this past weekend have only steeled the resolve of the United States of America to stand with you, to stand with freedom loving people of Latin America." Pence called on Latin American leaders to freeze the assets of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA and to restrict visa's for officials close to Madur SOUNDBITE MIKE PENCE, U.S. VICE PRESIDENT SAYING: " The U.S. will provide an additional $56 million to support our partners in the region as you come to the aid of the Venezuelan people." Guaido, who is recognized by most Western nations as Venezuela's legitimate leader, has urged foreign powers to consider 'all options' in ousting Maduro.

SOUNDBITE JUAN GUAIDO, INTERIM PRESIDENT OF VENEZUELA SAYING (SPANISH): "Today Venezuela continues to face a severe humanitarian emergency, really serious, that could have got some relief on Saturday with the support from the region." Maduro, who broke relations with Colombia over the weekend has denied any crisis in his country.

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