MADRID, Feb. 7 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The business manager of the United States External Office for Venezuela, James Story, has indicated that “it is possible” for the White House to include Venezuela in the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, within the framework of pressure measures against Government of Nicolás Maduro.
“It is possible, of course,” Story said, in an interview with TV Venezuela on Thursday night, asked if the United States could include Venezuela in this 'blacklist'.
In this regard, Story has mentioned the action of the special forces of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB), the FAES, at the hands of which more than 7,000 people have died, according to the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Venezuela. In addition, “disappears people,” he added.
He has also pointed to the Minister of the Penitentiary Service, Iris Varela, whom he has accused of “working with prisoners to give them weapons to confront a people who only want their rights.”
For Story, all this “are things of a terrorist group.” However, he has clarified that, before taking further action against the Government of Maduro, the United States has to “think it through”.
Despite the precautions, Story wanted to make it clear that the Donald Trump Administration “is going to give everything so that there can be the change that the people of Venezuela need and deserve.” “We are not going to measure the effort, we are going to do more,” he said.
The inclusion in this 'blacklist' allows the United States to deploy the strongest sanctions against those indicated, such as economic, commercial and financial embargoes or travel bans.
The State Department has to deliver to the Congress the updated list of terrorism sponsors each year before April 30 to be ratified by the legislative headquarters.
The self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, met on Wednesday with Trump at the White House, precisely, to discuss how to work together to “accelerate a democratic transition in Venezuela to end the current political crisis” and humanitarian suffering the Caribbean nation.
With his stop in the United States, Guaidó ends a tour that began on January 19 and has taken him to Colombia, United Kingdom, Brussels, Davos, France, Spain and Canada with the aim of regaining the international momentum he obtained a year ago, when “president in charge” was proclaimed to evict Maduro de Miraflores.