US Contemplates On Adding Venezuela to Terrorism Sponsor List

The United States is contemplating to add Venezuela to the list of state sponsors of terrorism; however, no final decision has been reached yet. This statement was made by a person who has some knowledge about the discussion.
Including Venezuela to the list might restrict US economic aid and implement financial restrictions on a nation that is already facing hyperinflation, shortage of food and medicine and mass migration. Discussion on the matter has moved ahead with strong campaigning from the end of Republican Senator Macro Rubio, who has long demanded that the administration should take a rigid stand against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. One source hinted that a time frame had not been decided yet on whether Venezuela would be added to the terrorism list. A US official while speaking on condition of obscurity stated that it would be a challenge for the Trump administration to come up with factual proof which would be able to link the Maduro government with terrorism in order to put them on the list.
The four nations which are currently under the terror list are Iran, Sudan, Syria, and North Korea. These countries have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. Rubio along with two other senators have already sent a letter to the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting him to include Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism and charging it for having connection With Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group as well as with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Although the Trump administration has levied many penalties against Maduro’s Socialist-led government, on 1st November, US President endorsed an executive order targeted to disrupt the gold exports to Venezuela.
Maduro has alleged that he is being made a victim of the economic war by the United States. Moreover, the US State Department has been asking for a feedback over their projected move to include Venezuela within the terror list from various agencies.

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