North Korea congratulated Nicolás Maduro on winning Venezuela's election

North Korea congratulated Nicolás Maduro on winning Venezuela's election

North Korea congratulated Nicolás Maduro on winning Venezuela's election

In response Caracas ordered the expulsion of the top two U.S. diplomats in Venezuela, charging it was the victim of a "political and financial lynching".

They will call for meetings among their ambassadors in Caracas as well as calling together the Venezuelan ambassadors in their countries to express their protest.

U.S. spokespeople claim that the measures are aimed at preventing a "firesale" of the country's assets by corrupt officials looking for kickbacks.

The foreign minister also blamed the USA "blockade" of Venezuela for the country's lack of access to basic goods, according to Reuters.

It appeared the emigration crisis Venezuela had experienced in recent years as its economy collapsed would continue since Maduro's government was unlikely to change policies that led to hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages and rising crime.

Venezuela relies on oil exports for 90 percent of its foreign income, and most of Venezuela's oil exports go to the United States.

Prior to the announcement of the official results, the former Lara State governor gave a press conference, in which he called the vote "illegitimate", demanding new elections in October. The sanctions are so harsh that United States companies are not allowed to buy off debt from Petróleos de Venezuela which is an oil company owned by the Venezuelan government.

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The US has already tightened sanctions against Venezuela after the poll, which Maduro won with 68 percent of the vote but was boycotted by the main opposition parties and had a record abstention rate.

Maduro received his credentials for a second term, which would keep him in office until 2025, from the head of the election commission.

The Trump administration announced it was blocking the Venezuelan government from selling off the nation's assets in exchange for cash.

It said United States policy "promotes hatred, intolerance and political and financial lynching" of Venezuela.

The US administration also declined to recognize the election and said that it would actively consider oil sanctions on the country.

Hundreds of thousands have fled the country to escape the growing deprivation. Falcon said that at 86 percent of voting centers, ruling party activists set up so-called "Red Points" where they used cellphones to scan QR codes on government-issued "Fatherland Cards".

The 14-member bloc additionally resolved to "coordinate actions in order that worldwide and regional financial organisms do not grant loans to the Venezuelan government" in a bid to increase the pressure on the re-elected Maduro administration.

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