Pence demands that Venezuela suspend 'so-called' elections

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Vice President Mike Pence at the Permanent Council of the OAS, where he asked for the suspension of Venezuela from the OAS and issued a call for Venezuela to "suspend this sham election and organize real elections".

Maduro frequently warns that the United States will invade Venezuela, but Haley said any change would have to be from Latin American regional pressure.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday announced new unilateral sanctions against three Venezuelan citizens and some 20 companies for alleged links to drug trafficking and called for the suspension of the upcoming elections.

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The action freezes any of their assets in the US or held by people in the U.S.

"We believe it is time to do more, much more", Pence said in an address to the OAS. The U.S. also has imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela at a time when it's seeking to refinance a huge global debt.

In August, the administration froze assets of eight current and former Venezuelan officials, including Adan Chavez, brother of the late president Hugo Chavez, and Hermann Escarra, a constitutional adviser to Maduro.

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"Samuel Moncada accuses Mike Pence of an worldwide crime by violating the charters of the OAS and the United Nations in light of his statements at the protocolary meeting of the OAS Permanent Council", the statement released on Monday said.

"The [sanctions] are new imperial aggression aimed at financial persecution and economic boycott as well as pushing our economy into chaos and destroying the will of our people to live in freedom, peace, and hope", the Venezuelan foreign ministry said in March. They are owned or controlled by the three individuals, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement. Maduro asked a crowd in a rally on Tuesday in southern Amazonas state, condemning the USA president and vice president for sanctions on his government. It is the third-largest source of US imported oil.

Pence previously has urged the worldwide community to increase pressure on Maduro, who the United States blames for a deep recession and hyperinflation in Venezuela that have caused shortages of food and medicine and a flood of migrants into neighboring countries.

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