The US Department of Commerce has moved Venezuela to a group of countries whose sale of US products, including dual-use, poses a threat to national security. The corresponding notice was posted by the Bureau of industry and security on Wednesday on the website of the collection of official documents of the American government — the Federal register.
“The Bureau of industry and security is making changes to the export control rules in order to exclude Venezuela from the group of countries B, which provides favorable conditions for certain export goods under control in the framework of national security, and move Venezuela to the group of countries D:1, which presents States that pose a certain threat to national security,” the document says.
As explained by the Agency, the changes “reflect the current national security problems associated with Venezuela, for example, the introduction of foreign troops and equipment in Venezuela, and are aimed at improving the level of US national security.” In addition, according to the document, Venezuela is now included in the group, which includes countries whose developments in the field of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and missile technologies “cause concern.”
The Bureau stressed that these measures will lead to the fact that “exports and re-exports to Venezuela and deliveries within Venezuela will be unacceptable” for certain products, related to national security. As stated in the document, “the US government has established that the behavior of Venezuela is of sufficient concern.”
At the end of 2018, the US imposed sanctions against Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua. Washington called these countries the “three of tyranny” and promised to fight their anti-democratic regimes.