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US denies suspension of Venezuelan officials' visas due to Snowden case

A US source said the US Secretary of State did not mention, in a conversation with the Venezuelan foreign minister, the sort of action the US would take against Venezuela if the latter happens to assist or shelter Snowden

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Foreign Minister Elías Jaua last week (AP)
EL UNIVERSAL
Friday July 19, 2013  01:49 PM
A source from the US Government rejected on Friday reports published on Thursday by Spanish newspaper ABC stating that the United States cancelled visas for Venezuelan senior officials in the light of Venezuela's asylum offer to former CIA agent Edward Snowden. The source, however, conceded that US Secretary of State John Kerry did call Foreign Minister Elías Jaua last week to address the issue, Efe reported.

The source, who spoke under condition of anonymity, explained that the US has not suspended visas to some Venezuelan diplomats or entrepreneurs, nor has it threatened to suspend the sale of gas or oil byproducts to Venezuela, as ABC claimed in a report.

The official said that during his conversation with the Venezuelan foreign minister, Kerry did not mention the actions the US would take if Venezuela happens to assist or shelter Snowden.

According to the source, Kerry only told Jaua that Snowden was accused of serious criminal offenses and should be sent back to the US to face charges if he happened to step on Venezuelan territory.

The source further stated that if Venezuela assisted or sheltered Snowden, then the US would weigh the most appropriate response.
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