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US withdraws remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela

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WASHINGTON D.C., Nov. 6, 2018 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference in Washington D.C. Nov. 5, 2018. The U.S. reimposed sanctions against Iran's oil exports, which had been lifted under the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear program. However, Washington granted temporary waivers to allow eight major buyers to keep importing Iranian oil for some time. (Xinhua/Liu Jie/IANS) by .
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that all US diplomats remaining in Venezuela have departed the South American country…reports Asian Lite News

WASHINGTON D.C., Nov. 6, 2018 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference in Washington D.C. Nov. 5, 2018. The U.S. reimposed sanctions against Iran's oil exports, which had been lifted under the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear program. However, Washington granted temporary waivers to allow eight major buyers to keep importing Iranian oil for some time. (Xinhua/Liu Jie/IANS) by .
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Calling the withdrawal “temporary departure,” Pompeo said in a statement released by the State Department on Thursday that US diplomats will continue their work from other locations.

The US diplomats’ exit came after Pompeo announced on Monday night the decision of withdrawing all remaining US personnel from its embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, within this week.

On Tuesday, Venezuelan government ordered American diplomats to leave within 72 hours. The US recognised Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the nation’s “interim president” on Jan 23, days after Maduro was inaugurated for a second term as Venezuelan President.

In response to Washington’s support for Guaido, Maduro announced that he was severing “diplomatic and political” ties with the US.

The Trump administration recently has kept piling up pressure on Maduro.