U.S. announces sanctions against Venezuelan officials

March 9, 2015 5:13 PM

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The Obama administration on Monday issued sanctions against Venezuelan officials for human rights violations, calling the country's actions a threat to national security.

Those sanctions target "Venezuelan officials past and present who violate the human rights of Venezuelan citizens and engage in acts of public corruption"; they will have their "assets and their use of U.S. financial systems blocked," according to the White House.

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