Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he will take his rejection of Washington’s sanctions placed against officials as part of his administration to a U.S. court.
During his televised address, Maduro said that his government will sue over a decree signed by President Barack Obama earlier this year, declaring the South American country a threat and imposing sanctions on top officials for alleged human rights violations.
“We can’t have that decree around. It’s like the Sword of Damocles here,” Maduro said in a televised address, pointing to his neck.
“We’re going to file a lawsuit in the U.S. against that decree.”
The president has been rallying against the sanctions since they were imposed in March, having promoted a signature-gathering campaign in favor of the decree being lifted. He says he is now moving on to legal action as the surest way to force its repeal.
The two countries had been pursuing a diplomatic rapprochement, but recent weeks have seen an escalation in hostile relations.