[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was not a threat and called for the decree to be repealed.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 
with EFE.

The order allows the U.S. government to impose sanctions on Venezuela.

Published on Mar 4th 2016

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