Venezuela Expels Top US Diplomats in Retaliation for Sanctions

North Korea congratulated Nicolás Maduro on winning Venezuela's election

Erdogan congratulates Venezuelan leader's election victory

Venezuela on Tuesday criticized the sanctions President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Zucker: Trump "secretly watching CNN" all day and night GOP candidate behind "Deportation Bus" loses in gubernatorial bid Penn to Hewitt: Mueller probe born out of "hysteria" MORE implemented after the country's president, Nicolás Maduro, won reelection this week, calling them a "crime against humanity", according to Reuters.

Opposition leaders said the lifeless voting centers were evidence that Venezuelans heeded their call to abstain from voting in an election they contended was certain to be rigged in Maduro's favor. "Enough with the conspiracies", Mr.

The move was announced by Maduro in a televised speech moments after he was officially declared as the victor of Sunday's election. Beijing said on Tuesday it believed the United States and Venezuela should resolve their differences via talks, while Moscow said it would not comply with the sanctions.

"The people of Venezuela have made their pronouncement and we ask everyone, nationally and worldwide, to respect the results", she said.

Maduro's government, however, said the United States was using new sanctions to sabotage the election.

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"The latest general election is Venezuela's internal affairs".

It appears to target in part Citgo [PDVSAC.UL], a USA -based oil refiner owned by Venezuela state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL].

Trump administration officials are known to be considering curbing Venezuelan oil imports, but so far the idea has been discarded for fears it would further raise US gas prices.

"This money belongs to the Venezuelan people", Trump said.

Latin American and European countries should move fast to impose individual financial and visa sanctions on top Venezuelan officials, their relatives and straw men.

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He promised to spend the next two years before scheduled congressional elections repairing an economy he says has been badly damaged by mafias backed by Colombia and the U.S.

The US administration also declined to recognize the election and said that it would actively consider oil sanctions on the country.

The Donald Trump administration on Monday imposed new economic sanctions on the Maduro government banning USA citizens or companies from buying Venezuelan debt and the liquidation of Venezuelan assets in U.S. territory.

Hundreds of thousands have fled the country to escape the growing deprivation.

Maduro has insisted Venezuela is the victim of an "economic war" waged by the conservative opposition and external powers including the United States aimed at toppling him.

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