USA wants Venezuela punished by 35-nation group

Pence to announce new Venezuela sanctions in speech on Monday aide

"To uphold the democracy and freedom, we call the members of the OAS to suspend Venezuela from the Organization of American States", said Pence, the first USA vice president to address the group since Al Gore in 1994. Many across the world saw it as a way for Venezuela to bypass various sanctions that were imposed on the country by the US.

"Suspend this sham election".

In response, Moncada said that "there is no possibility of the elections being suspended", a timetable has been successfully fulfilled according to statements made by the directors of the National Electoral Council (CNE). "Hold real elections. Give the people of Venezuela real choices - because the Venezuelan people deserve to live in democracy once again".

The Trump administration is calling for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down to protect the safety and security of the Americas.

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Pence "attempts to cover up the damage his government has caused to Venezuelan society through unilateral coercive measures with a false humanitarian concern, which seeks to bend the People's will to take the wealth and natural resources of our country", the statement reads.

Pedro Luis Martin Olivares, a former top intelligence official, and his associates Walter Alexander Del Nogal Marquez and Mario Antonio Rodriguez Espinoza have been designated "narcotics kingpins" owing to their activity in the drug trade.

Pence's address comes two weeks before a divisive presidential poll in Venezuela, scheduled for May 20.

In Pence's analysis, the crisis unfolding in Venezuela has global repercussions, especially for countries in the Americas.

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Venezuela's Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a speech in Washington that "a dictator in Venezuela paralyzes its economy and starves its people", urging for U.S. action.

Vice President Mike Pence also urged member states to cut off Venezuelan leaders from their financial systems and to enact visa restrictions.

Current OAS members includes all 35 independent nations of the Americas.

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