These issues are just not going away, no matter how much diplomats smile at one another on camera:
(1) The close relationship between Venezuela and Iran, which includes assisting Iran obtain goods in violation of multiple international sanctions; shipping Uranium ore and gold to Iran; and allowing the construction of Iranian missile facilities inside Venezuela that are barred to Venezuelan nationals. More than seven hundred Panamanian companies, controlled by Venezuelans, that illegally feed the Iranian economy.
(3) Having a long-term relationship with the Government of North Korea (DPRK), who maintains a small uniformed military contingent as advisers, and who is believed to assist in the acquisition of ballistic missiles for the Chavez regime.
(4) Allowing Venezuelan colonels and general officers to freely traffic in narcotics, and to ship it north, through Central America, to its ultimate destination, the United States, and east, to European consumers.
This is just a short list; I could go on all day. All financial transactions with Venezuela carry increased risks. Is the Venezuelan company doing business with your client a front for a narcotics cartel, shipping goods into Iran that you thought was going to Caracas consumers, or worse, a terrorist financier ?
Please be advised that risk levels for Venezuela are not to be reduced when well-compensated journalists attempt to show you Venezuela through rose-coloured glasses. It is still a dangerous place.