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    Anti-Venezuela US Sanctions Violate International Law, UN Charter

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    US sanctions against Venezuela violate both international law and the Charter of the United Nations, Heraldo Munoz, Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs told RT in an exclusive interview.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) On March 9, Barack Obama issued an executive order imposing new sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials, freezing their assets and banning them from entering the United States. Obama described the “erosion” of human rights guarantees in Venezuela as an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to US security.

    “Regarding Venezuela, Chile does not share unilateral sanctions that do not conform to international law and the United Nations Charter,” Munoz has said.

    He has added that Santiago opposed the US decision to declare Venezuela a threat to national security of the United States.

    Earlier in April, during the seventh Summit of the Americas, visited by both Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and US leader Barack Obama, Maduro demanded Washington withdraw the order, emphasizing that he brought 11 million signatures collected worldwide to oppose the order.

    Relations between Washington and Caracas have worsened recently over alleged human rights violations during protests in Venezuela’s capital against the Maduro government in February of 2014.


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