Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, issued a statement on Sunday that the United States of America is considering applying diplomatic and economic pressure on Venezuela. Foreign policy experts believe that the US is looking to target the sale of Venezuelan oil to other South American countries.
Tillerson recently met with Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, saying “We did discuss Venezuela extensively, including what additional steps could be taken to increase the pressure on the [President Nicolás] Maduro regime to return to the constitution, return to their constitutional process, and that’s all we’ve asked — is that they return to the constitution, return to free, fair, and verifiable elections. And that is our only objective.”
In addition, he said that the State Department is looking specifically at options that would not hurt American energy companies, and avoid negative effects of the sanctions imposed on the South American country.
“Obviously, sanctioning the oil or in effect prohibiting the oil to be sold in the United States, or for the United States as well as to sell or provide oil to Venezuela, or refined products, is something we continue to consider,” Tillerson Explained.
“I think, as the foreign minister indicated, we — our disagreements are with the Venezuelan regime, not the Venezuelan people. The Venezuelan people are suffering greatly under the current circumstances.”
It is important to note that Venezuela is known as the third-largest oil supplier to the U.S. and the restriction might also make things difficult for the nation. However, Tillerson’s comments during a visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of his Latin America and Caribbean tour might seem that it is now inevitable.
Despite Maduro has been making efforts to consolidate power, the relationship between Caracas and Washington has only worsened with time. This is worrying as it is one of the primary reasons why the nation is considering to put pressure on Venezuela.
However, the Secretary of State made it clear that the U.S. is not looking to advocate any sort of ‘regime change’ in the South American country. However, there are chances that the country’s military could move to oust Maduro from his post.
“I think there will be a change. We want it to be a peaceful change,” Tillerson added. “Peaceful transitions, peaceful regime change, is always better than the alternative.”