Venezuela has slammed a brand new spherical of US sanctions on President Nicolas Maduro and Iran as aggressive and unlawful, whereas additionally contesting a brand new UN report alleging official abuses, saying it used “human rights as a political weapon.”

“Venezuela denounces the brand new US aggression to the worldwide group, saying alleged unilateral sanctions towards President Nicolas Maduro, as a part of a sustained marketing campaign of aggression towards the Islamic Republic of Iran and our nation,” Overseas Minister Jorge Arreaza wrote in a tweet on Monday.

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Caracas stated Washington’s actions confirmed it had “no respect by any means” for the UN and that the brand new sanctions have been imposed “with none foundation” in worldwide legislation. It additionally vowed that “no intimidating and conceited motion by the US authorities” would deter Venezuela from pleasant relations with Iran.

Hours prior, the US State Division introduced a recent spherical of penalties on each Tehran and Caracas – together with Maduro and various Iranian entities – accusing the 2 nations of working collectively to “flout the UN arms embargo” on Iran.

“Our inserting sanctions on Maduro at the moment is a warning that must be heard clearly worldwide: irrespective of who you’re, in the event you violate the UN arms embargo on Iran, you danger sanctions,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated whereas saying the brand new measures on Monday.

Although the weapons ban is about to run out in October, Washington has insisted it might stay in power “indefinitely,” regardless of a failed US-led effort to increase the embargo within the UN Safety Council final month. The brand new penalties additionally come days after the US unilaterally declared the resumption of the UN’s “snapback” sanctions on the Islamic Republic, invoking the Iran nuclear deal that Washington withdrew from way back to 2018. The transfer has confronted practically unanimous opposition within the Safety Council.

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Arreaza additionally took goal at a current UN fact-finding report which alleged severe abuses by Venezuelan authorities, together with extrajudicial killings and torture. The FM rejected the report as “false” in a separate tweet, accusing the worldwide physique of “utilizing human rights as a political weapon” whereas sharing an evaluation by native investigative outfit Mission Fact, which slammed the report as inaccurate and politically motivated.

The FM beforehand denounced the UN report after it was issued final week, insisting it’s “plagued with falsehoods,” missing in “methodological rigor” and “created for ideological functions by nations with horrible human rights information” so as to “assault Venezuela.”

Washington has continued to step up its sanctions campaigns on each Iran and Venezuela in current months, regularly increasing “most strain” penalties on Tehran because it seeks to drive the nation’s oil exports to “zero,” whereas additionally pushing for a reimposition of the UN sanctions regardless of near-universal opposition internationally, together with from US allies. In the meantime, the US has indicted the Venezuelan chief on “narco terrorism” expenses and introduced a number of layers of sanctions during the last 12 months, largely taking goal at Iranian gas shipments into the nation, even seizing 4 gasoline tankers certain for Venezuela final month.

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