BY EMMANUEL REUBEN
BOGOTA : The United States will use all economic and political tools at its disposal to hold Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accountable.
More than 3 million Venezuelans have fled hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages and political crisis.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, using sanctions, visa revocations and other means, The United States pledge to hold the regime and those propping it up accountable for their corruption and their repression of democracy.
Although most Western nations, including the United States, have recognized Juan Guaido the opposition leader of Venezuela as interim head of state, Russia, China and Cuba have stood by Maduro.
Pompeo made the comments in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, the final stop of a three-day trip to Chile, Paraguay and Peru, a clutch of fast-growing countries in a region where Washington’s concerns are focused on the Venezuelan crisis and China’s growing presence.
Washington has imposed a raft of sanctions against Maduro’s government in an attempt to dislodge him from power, but he retains the backing of the country’s military.