U.S. preparing to add Venezuela to terrorism sponsors list

Lester Mason
November 21, 2018

If the White House decides to go through with the inclusion in the list, which now contains four countries-Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Sudan-it will make life even more hard for Venezuelans already suffering from hyperinflation and shortage of basic goods that have spurred an exodus to neighboring countries.

The Trump administration is considering adding Venezuela to its list of countries sponsoring terrorism in the latest pressure increase on Caracas, Reuters reports, citing a person familiar with the discussions.

The designation would limit the US assistance to the country and ban financial transactions with the country.

A time frame for a decision on whether to add Venezuela to the terrorism list had not yet been determined, the source said.

A USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it would be a challenge for the Trump administration to provide concrete proof linking the Maduro government to terrorism if it decides to put Venezuela on the list.

Venezuela would join other nations now on the list, including Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

Republicans have long pushed the White House to designate the country as a sponsor of terrorism, accusing the Venezuelan government of having ties to terror groups such as Lebanese Hezbollah the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and other groups, according to the Post.

Venezuela's Information Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Maduro has consistently denied being at the root of any economic woes in Venezuela and instead blamed US -backed adversaries and opposition leaders for waging fiscal wars and plotting to assassinate him. It is noted that the decision to include Venezuela in the list was finally accepted, but in recent days, the state Department asked the reaction to this potential step in various government agencies.

Despite the fact that no evidence of the involvement of Caracas to the worldwide terrorist activities of Washington has not provided the White House plans to block this Latin American country "in its boundary limits". Maduro won a new six-year term in May but his main rivals disavowed the election and alleged massive irregularities. "The sanctions are having an effect", the official said.

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