According to examiner.com, Venezuela officially “froze” relations with the United States on Sunday, a top diplomat from President Hugo Chavez's government said.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro also hinted that re-establishing relations with the US would be "impossible."
On May 24, the US imposed sanctions against Venezuela's giant oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) for providing Iran with gasoline and other refined oil products.
Under the sanctions, PDVSA is denied US government contracts and banned from Washington's export financing.
Maduro had earlier described the sanctions as “illegal, abusive measures taken by this weak government of the United States.”
Venezuela's Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez, who is also the head of PDVSA, said on May 25 that Venezuela would continue to maintain relations with Iran and any other country it wants.
"This is a right we are not going to renounce," Ramirez said.
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