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US Could Add Venezuela To List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

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US Could Add Venezuela To List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism
It would mean Venezuela's on a list of governments found to "have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism."
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The Trump administration could add Venezuela to a list of state sponsors of terrorism. 

The decision isn't official yet, but sources told The Washington Post the State Department has asked several government agencies for feedback on the proposal. 

If the administration does go through with it, Venezuela would be added to a list of governments the U.S. says "have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism." North Korea, Iran, Sudan and Syria are currently on that list. 

Now, once a country is added to the list, a number of sanctions are put into effect. The State Department lists a couple of examples including a "ban on arms-related exports and sales" and restrictions on economic assistance. Venezuela's already facing economic hardship with hyperinflation and food and medicine shortages. 

Venezuela has been accused of having ties to terrorist organizations before. But an unnamed U.S. official told Reuters it could be hard for the Trump administration to come up with concrete evidence linking the government with terrorism in order to put Venezuela on the list.