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Latin America rejects USA military threat in Venezuela

14 August 2017

Mora stressed that the saying, "threats are often ineffective, and idle threats always are", applies in this case, because "unless the Maduro government took more drastic action against USA interests, President Trump would have an impossible task in rallying support on Capitol Hill or among the American public for any substantial military move in Venezuela", and the global community would be even less cooperative.

"There is an extremist elite in the USA government", he added, "and I really don't know what is happening and what will happen in the world".

President Donald Trump said Friday he would not rule out a "military option" in response to Maduro's moves.

Also Saturday, Peru said "any attempted use of force, whether it's external or internal, undermines the objective of restoring democracy ... to Venezuela".

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"Venezuela categorically rejects the unfriendly and warmongering declarations of Trump, who has threatened us with a military intervention, in violation of United Nations principles and worldwide law", said the foreign minister.

President Nicolas Maduro and his government have faced strong criticism from several Latin American nations over the controversial Constituent Assembly, which has the power to rewrite the country's constitution.

Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), has been secretly negotiating since at least early this year with Russia's biggest state-owned oil company, Rosneft - offering ownership interests in up to nine of Venezuela's most productive petroleum projects, according to a top Venezuelan government official and two industry sources familiar with the talks.

"All measures should be peaceful and respect the sovereignty of Venezuela", a statement from Colombia's foreign ministry said.

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"I have no idea why we would use military force in Venezuela".

Latin American support for Venezuela against the United States threat comes on the eve of Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the region beginning Sunday. He was set to visit Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Panama.

Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya: The aggression of the USA president against Nicolas Maduro exposes the violent character of the US government against the people of Venezuela.

Mr Trump did not specify what type of options he had in mind. "Will president Trump be the president a year from now in the US?'" Patricio Navia, a political analyst, said. Although the Venezuelan military is obviously no match for the American one, it is far from a pushover and if it resisted an invasion, the ensuing conflict "especially in densely-populated Caracas, would undoubtedly lead to a catastrophic loss of innocent lives". "What I think Pence wants to do is shore up support to remove Maduro through other means".

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Latin America rejects USA military threat in Venezuela