The vice-president of Venezuela has accused the US of “imperialist aggression” after it slapped sanctions on him for allegedly trafficking medication.
Tareck el-Aissami was described by the US treasury as a drug “kingpin” who labored with traffickers in Mexico and Colombia to ship medication to America.
Hitting again, he accused the US of “defamatory aggression”.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro demanded a public apology from the US for sanctioning his new deputy.
The sanctions freeze Mr Aissami’s property within the US and bar him from coming into the nation.
He’s seen as a strong determine throughout the governing social gathering and has been entrusted by Mr Maduro with key powers usually held by the president, akin to figuring out ministerial budgets and expropriating non-public firms.
The US treasury accuses him of being within the pay of convicted Venezuelan drug lord Walid Makled for safeguarding drug shipments.
“They will by no means have the ability to defeat our unbreakable decision to be free endlessly,” Mr Aissami stated.
Sanctions had been additionally imposed on rich Venezuelan businessman Samark Lopez, described as Mr Aissami’s “major frontman”.
Mr Lopez released a statement saying he had not trafficked medication.
Vice-President Aissami is the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever to be sanctioned by the US, which has not exchanged ambassadors with the nation since 2010.
US counter-narcotics consultants have lengthy stated that enormous quantities of cocaine transit from Colombia via Venezuela on to Europe and the US.