Pence Calls on Venezuela to Suspend May 20 Elections

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In an address to the Organization of American States, Pence slammed the upcoming presidential vote - boycotted by the opposition and branded illegitimate by much of the global community.

Yet mere minutes after Sanders' press briefing wrapped up, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a video from a speech he gave earlier in the day, condemning the upcoming "so-called elections in Venezuela", which he said will be a "fraud and a sham".

He also urged the OAS member states to impose visa and financial restrictions "on corrupt Venezuelan leaders".

Venezuela's deputy foreign relations minister for North America called Pence's remarks a "farce" and a "monstrosity".

Moncada said in April 2017 his country started a two-year process to withdraw from the Washington-based Organization of American States. "We are counting the days so we can leave, but this is the most risky place in the world for Venezuela and I have to show up to defend Venezuela", he said. They are owned or controlled by the three individuals, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement on its website.

The latest sanctions unveiled by the US Treasury Department notably designated Pedro Luis Martin Olivares, former chief of financial intelligence for Venezuela's National Directorate of Intelligence, as a "significant foreign narcotics trafficker".

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Elections in Venezuela are traditionally held in December, but the country's National Electoral Council scheduled the contest for spring - a move critics say aims to take advantage of divisions within the opposition party.

The US Treasury Department announced new sanctions Monday on three Venezuelans as the US ratchets up pressure on the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has overseen a crackdown on protesters amid an economic crisis fuelled by rapid inflation.

The sanctions freeze the US -based assets of the men and their companies, and generally prohibit USA citizens and residents from dealing with them.

In January, the United States sanctioned four current or former Venezuelan officials associated with corruption or repression in Venezuela.

They include Vice President Tareck El Aissami for alleged involvement in worldwide drug trafficking.