"The group is led by Luis Eduardo Parra Rivero, who continues to obstruct the proceedings of the National Assembly".
Last January, Washington recognized Guaido as the OPEC nation's legitimate interim president and began ratcheting up sanctions and diplomatic pressure in an effort to oust Maduro. Days later, Guaido and his supports stormed the country's parliament building to reclaim his role as president of the assembly.
The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on seven Venezuelan politicians it said led a bid by President Nicolas Maduro to wrest control of the country's congress from US -backed opposition leader Juan Guaido.
"Today's designations focus on seven Maduro-aligned National Assembly delegates who took steps to undermine the elections process in the National Assembly", Treasury said.
Juan Guaido, Nicolas Maduro and Luis Parra.
But the United States appeared to be at least adjusting its posture when it called on Thursday for negotiations over establishing a transitional government.
"Those actions have been condemned and rejected by countries all over the world", he said, before stating they were looking at imposing additional personal sanctions.
U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said they underestimated Maduro's support of Russian Federation to prop him up, but that the failed attempt to install Parra as the new assembly head appears to have prompted countries that have stayed relatively noncommittal on the issue to voice concerns.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the new sanctions demonstrated the "United States' continued commitment to the Venezuelan people in their struggle to restore democracy and prosperity".