US President Donald Trump imposed a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the US,the toughest sanctions on Nicolas Maduro’s government so far.
The decision sharply escalating a diplomatic and sanctions drive aimed at removing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power.
There has been no response so far from the Venezuelan government.
The United States has been increasing the economic and diplomatic pressure on President Maduro, who has refused to give up power despite a popular uprising against his authoritarian government.
The US and most Western nations have called for Maduro to step down and have recognised Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate president.
China and Russia have continued to back Maduro, prompting US national security adviser, John Bolton, to warn the two countries on Monday against doubling down in their support for him.