19 May, 2017
President Maduro has reiterated that elections will be held on schedule in 2018, but the opposition has demanded his immediate removal, seeking foreign intervention in its destabilization campaign. She said the order was one more example of US attempts to destabilize Venezuela's government, adding that Maduro strongly backs the Supreme Court magistrates who are "victims of USA imperial power".
Earlier, Haley said in a statement that Venezuela was "on the verge of a humanitarian crisis" and urged the worldwide community to work together "to ensure Maduro ends this violence and oppression and restores democracy to the people". "By imposing these targeted sanctions, the United States is supporting the Venezuelan people in their efforts to protect and advance democratic governan".
The new designations by the U.S. Treasury Department would be the second round of sanctions that the Trump administration has imposed on high-level Venezuelan officials since taking office.
"The U.S. meddling stimulates the action of violent groups in Venezuela", he said, showing photos of vandalism and violence he said was caused by opposition supporters.
In a video posted on Twitter, Capriles said his passport had been "stolen" from him by Venezuelan immigration authorities at Caracas' worldwide airport.
Venezuela's Ramirez accused the United States of pushing to "intervene in our country", as his government alleges Washington has tried to do in the past.
He warned that if things go wrong Venezuela could "descend into conflict" and threaten worldwide peace and security, "and so we need to act, in whatever way we can, starting with our discussion today".
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has likened the harassment of government officials and their families living overseas to the treatment of Jews under the Nazis.
Relations between the USA and the Venezuelan government have been chilly for years.
"My passport is valid until 2020".
She said in a statement ahead of the closed-door meeting that "peaceful protesters have been injured, arrested and even killed by their own government" and the country is "on the verge of humanitarian crisis".
The UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, was due to meet with Capriles in NY on Friday.
"Hope (Capriles') passport removal is not reprisal linked to planned meeting with me tomorrow", Zeid said on Twitter.
However, the opposition coalition has rebuffed the move as a delay tactic.
Maduro has accused the opposition of plotting a coup against him with U.S. backing.
Pic: ReutersSAN CRISTOBAL, VENEZUELA: Venezuela said it was sending 2,000 soldiers on Wednesday to a border state that is a hotspot of anti-government radicalism after looting that killed a 15-year-old in the latest unrest roiling the nation.