UNITED NATIONS – Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Friday at the United Nations headquarters in New York that the financial sanctions announced by the United States are the worst aggressions against Venezuela in the last 200 years.
“Maybe the United States is trying to create, to promote a humanitarian crisis in our country,” Arreaza told reporters at the UN, and asked, “What do they want, they want to starve the Venezuelan people?”
He also said the financial sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump are meant to directly punish the Venezuelan people, not its government.
Arreaza said the government of President Nicolas Maduro is studying the sanctions and will take every measure needed to keep them from harming Venezuelan families.
After meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutierrez, Arreaza said the United States would not get away with causing a “humanitarian crisis” in Venezuela.
According to the foreign minister, added to the recent threats of military intervention by the US, the sanctions are “the worst aggressions to Venezuela in the last 200 years.”
“Maybe after the Spanish empire was defeated by our liberators, by Simon Bolivar, this is the worst aggression,” he said.
“The imposition of sanctions or the attempt to impose sanctions, just like the military threats, correspond to uncivilized politics... and the United Nations cannot – as we told the Secretary General – stand by with their arms crossed and not condemn these actions,” Arreaza said.
In contrast, he noted the support Venezuela has received recently, as a response to US threats, from countries with which it has not had particularly good relations.
According to the foreign minister, the Venezuelan government “will protect our people and our democracy with all means we have,” but made it clear that in resolving problems between nations, diplomacy and dialogue will always have the priority.