The Foreign Ministry of Venezuela in a Monday statement denounced recently-announced US sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro as "aggression", APA reports citing Sputnik.
"Venezuela rejects and condemns before the international community the new aggression by the US government, which has announced unilateral sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro without any grounds as part of an ongoing campaign of aggression against Iran, Venezuela and the entire UN multilateral system", the statement read.
According to the statement, Washington's announcement of sanctions against Maduro was "another attempt to ignore the institutionality of the United Nations", particularly the UN Security Council.
"This new action against multilateralism confirms that the ruling elite of the United States has no respect whatsoever for joint decisions necessary to preserve international peace and security", according to the statement.
Venezuela highlighted in its statement "its irreducible commitment to the United Nations", stressing that "no intimidating and arrogant action by the US government will prevent it from exercising its sovereign right to establish economic and commercial relations freely with the Islamic Republic of Iran and with any State".
Note that the statement followed an earlier Monday announcement by Pompeo of new US sanctions against Maduro, along with introducing new sanctions against the Iranian Defence Ministry and other officials related to the country's missile and nuclear programmes.