US: Venezuela sanctions may be "important tool"
US official says sanctions on Venezuela could be "important tool" if dialogue fails
Associated Press
2014-03-28 03:22 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. is signaling increased willingness to impose sanctions on Venezuela if the socialist administration of Nicolas Maduro doesn't reconcile with opponents who have been protesting for nearly three months.

The State Department's top official to Latin America said Thursday that sanctions could become an important tool to pressure Maduro if he fails to engage critics in dialogue and protect rights. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta S. Jacobson told reporters that the U.S. would work with its partners in the region to impose any such measure.

Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. was considering all options to address human rights concerns in Venezuela, including sanctions being pushed by U.S. lawmakers for weeks. He didn't provide details about what would trigger such a response.

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