Obama to announce new sanctions on Iran, North Korea, Venezuela: NBC
By NBC News StaffAssociated PressPresident Barack Obama will announce new steps Tuesday against North Korea and Venezuela, as he takes aim at Iran and Venezuela that he has accused of using their oil wealth to fund terrorism.
Obama will issue new sanctions against Iran and Maduro, as well as North Korea’s Maduro, for using the country’s oil wealth as cover for terrorism.
He’ll also issue sanctions against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his regime for supporting and funding terror, according to a statement issued by the White House.
The sanctions are the first in an unprecedented round of sanctions against Tehran and the first targeting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
The United States has imposed sanctions on Venezuelan officials, including its ambassador to the U.N., Ricardo Ramos.
The sanctions were designed to curb the flow of funds and aid from the Venezuelan government to support the rebels fighting to overthrow Maduro.
In addition, the U:S.
will impose sanctions against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the countrys most powerful military force, which has waged a bloody war against the government of President Bashar Assad.
Iran has denied arming and financing the rebels in Syria.
The U.S. has said Iran has backed armed groups fighting the government.
Venezuela is part of a U.K.-based rebel coalition fighting to topple Maduro.
Obama announced new sanctions Wednesday against Iran, Venezuela and North Korea after announcing new sanctions Monday on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
“We are determined to punish Iran, Iran, and Venezuela for their destabilizing activities and support for terrorist organizations,” Obama said in a statement.
“Iran and Venezuela are not allies of the United States, but they have repeatedly and aggressively attacked the United State and its allies, including the United Nations, the European Union, and other countries around the world, with the intent to destabilize the region.
They have also attacked the American people in the U and our allies with the same aim.”
Obama said the sanctions would not prevent North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon and he vowed to continue pressure on North Korea to cease its efforts to develop a nuclear arsenal.
“The United states is committed to the defense of our allies and friends, but we also have to be ready to take action if our friends and allies are not acting responsibly,” he said.
“The sanctions announced today will provide additional tools for us to confront North Korea.”
Obama has called on the world to pressure the North Korean regime to abide by its commitments to denuclearize its nuclear program.
He said Wednesday that he hopes Kim Jong-un will “understand that he is in the wrong.”
The sanctions will also target the Venezuelan National Guard, a pro-government paramilitary group that has been at the center of the conflict in Venezuela.
The United States said the Guard’s involvement in the fighting against the Maduro government is a threat to U.s. national security.
The Guard has denied involvement.