Mon May 15, 1:20 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions
on Venezuela on Monday, banning all arms sales to a major oil
supplier for what it believes is a lack of help in Washington's
war on terrorism, a State Department official said.
The move plummets the two nations' ties to their worst
level in decades and comes after years of antagonism between
leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Washington on
issues ranging from trade to oil prices.
The United States is concerned about Chavez's friendly
relationship with Cuba and ...
Iran, two countries it says sponsor
terrorism, and his failure to stop Colombian leftist guerrillas
using Venezuelan territory, the U.S. official said.
Venezuela has warned for months the United States would
move against it over terrorism but says it cooperates with Colombia against guerrillas and denies its ties with countries
that are U.S. foes mean that it helps militants.