U.S. State Division says working with Mexico on instruments to combat drug cartel risk

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WASHINGTON (Information) – The U.S. State Division on Wednesday stated it was working with Mexico’s authorities to establish the “acceptable instruments” to assist it deal with the threats that drug cartels pose, after President Donald Trump final week stated he wished to designate them as terrorist teams.

Trump’s announcement alarmed Mexico, which rejected it as “interventionism” and stated it might reply in form to such a transfer. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated, as an example, that Mexico wouldn’t allow one other operation just like the U.S. authorities’s ill-fated “Quick and Livid” gun-running sting.

Designating teams as international terrorist organizations is aimed toward disrupting their funds by means of the imposition of U.S. sanctions, together with asset freezes and journey bans, on them and people and entities that help them.

Talking at a briefing with reporters, Hugo Rodriguez, deputy assistant secretary of state for Central America, didn’t provide specifics on the following steps however stated the U.S. businesses have been taking a look at this subject for months.

“What we need to do is put on the service of the federal government of Mexico any and all instruments we’ve at our disposal to cooperate on the shared safety problem that the drug trafficking organizations pose,” he stated.

“We’ve to work with them (Mexico) to seek out the instruments which can be going to be acceptable within the context,” he stated. “If we’ve instruments at our disposal that we will use that assist contribute to addressing the DTO problem, we’re taking a look at it.”

Whereas this could circuitously give the US authority for navy operations in Mexico, many Mexicans are nervous their northern neighbor may use it as a pretext for a unilateral intervention.

Lopez Obrador reiterated he wouldn’t allow an armed international intervention a century after the nation was final invaded, arguing that his authorities was already doing its half to battle prison gangs.

Trump has repeatedly supplied navy help within the combat towards drug gangs, which Lopez Obrador has at all times declined, even after the gangland bloodbath of a U.S.-Mexican household earlier this month.

U.S. Lawyer Normal William Barr will go to Mexico this week to debate cooperation on safety. Lopez Obrador stated his authorities will search to strengthen cooperation with the US to manage the move of “arms and .”

The U.S. State Division contains dozens of organizations on its checklist of terrorist teams. In Latin America, left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries, each concerned in drug trafficking, have previously appeared on the checklist.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; modifying by Matt Spetalnick and Jonathan Oatis