The Bolivarian Government categorically rejects sanctions put against Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) for the business relationship with the fraternal people of Iran, announced by the Sub-Secretary of State James Steinberg.
Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, presented on Tuesday a communiqué on behalf of the government of President Hugo Chávez Frías, where he affirms he will assess the scope of the sanctions against state-owned PDVSA.
Likewise, It mades a call for the working class to remain vigilant and mobilized to defend the country.
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Ministry of People's Power for Foreign Affairs Communiqué.
The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has been informed of the decision announced by the Department of State of the United States to impose sanctions on our national company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), in the context of its unilateral policy of sanctions against Islamic Republic of Iran, known as the Cisada Act.
The Bolivarian government expresses its strong condemnation of this decision as being a hostile action, located on the fringes of international law, in violation of the principles enunciated in the Charter of the United Nations.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its revolution, count with a strong oil industry, independent and sovereign, with the capacity to operate and meet its commitments on an ongoing basis. To this aggression, Venezuela ratifies that oil independence and sovereignty.
The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is doing a general assessment of the situation, to determine up where these sanctions would affect the operation of the oil industry and therefore the supply of 1.2 million bpd to the United States.
Based on this assessment, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reserves the right answer to this imperialist aggression.
The Revolutionary Government calls on all Venezuelans, the working class and especially the oil workers to remain vigilant and mobilized in defense of our PDVSA and the sacred sovereignty of the country.