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U.S. Rejects Maduro’s Call for Biden to Lift Venezuela Sanctions

  • State Department insists democratic opening has to come first
  • Washington responds to Maduro comments in Bloomberg interview
Nicolas Maduro during a Bloomberg Television interview in Caracas.
Nicolas Maduro during a Bloomberg Television interview in Caracas.Photographer: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden’s administration rejected Nicolas Maduro’s call for relief from U.S. sanctions, saying the Venezuelan leader needs to do more toward restoring democracy before penalties would be lifted.

Maduro, a target of crippling U.S. sanctions under former President Donald Trump, reached out to Biden in an exclusive Bloomberg interview last week, calling on him to lift sanctions, normalize relations and end the “demonization of Venezuela.”