[News] Obama Renews Decree Calling Venezuela a 'Threat'
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Fri Mar 4 12:30:36 EST 2016
Obama Renews Decree Calling Venezuela a 'Threat'
By Telesur English
U.S. President Barack Obama renewed Thursday an executive order issued
last March that declared Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat
to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”
The renewal of the decree is valid for one year and was revealed in a
letter from Obama to congressional leaders. In the letter, the U.S.
president claims that alleged conditions that first prompted the order
had “not improved.”
The executive order was first issued by Obama in March 2015 and provoked
a storm of controversy inside Venezuela and a backlash throughout Latin
Leaders from throughout the region condemned the decree.
All 33 members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
expressed their opposition to the U.S. government’s move and called for
it to be reversed.
“CELAC calls upon the government of the United States of America and the
government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to launch a dialogue,
under the principles of respect for sovereignty, non-interference in the
internal affairs of the states, the self-determination of the peoples
and the democratic and institutional order in line with international
law,” read the unanimous statement by the regional bloc.
The United Nations of South America also strongly criticized Obama's order.
Inside Venezuela, millions signed a petition asserting that the country
was not a threat and called for the decree to be repealed.
The U.S. president eventually responded to the outcry, admitting that
Venezuela “does not pose a threat” to the United States in an interview
The order allows the U.S. government to impose sanctions on Venezuela.
Published on Mar 4th 2016
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