US sanctions five Venezuela citizens: Treasury Department

File photo of US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a news briefing. (File photo: Reuters)

The United States issued sanctions on Tuesday against five citizens of Venezuela, according to the Treasury Department website, increasing pressure on the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Washington recognizes opposition leader Juan Guiado as the country’s legitimate president, and has used economic penalties on Venezuela’s government and its state oil firm to press Maduro to step down.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:05 - GMT 11:05