U.S. revokes Venezuela visas, rejects dialogue with Maduro

Geraldine Edwards
February 10, 2019

Scott noted Cuba had sent military troops to Venezuela to defend Maduro.

U.S. President Trump acknowledged in an interview Sunday the use of U.S. military force in Venezuela is "an option". "Great nations do not fight endless wars", said President Trump. Her sign reads, "In the name of God, we declare peace and freedom for our handsome Venezuela".

Amid mass protests across the country in January, head of Venezuela's National Assembly Juan Guaido declared himself the Venezuelan interim president.

Smith reported from Caracas, Venezuela.

Soaring hyperinflation has forced millions of Venezuelans to flee or go hungry as they struggle to find or afford basic goods and medicine.

A top White House official said Friday that an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on a bank in Puerto Rico is an example of the administration using all available "tools" to pressure Venezuela's socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro.

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Maduro has been charged with plundering his country, causing runaway inflation, contributing to wide scale starvation, causing high unemployment among the poor and, perhaps, above all, oppressing his people and running his country as a dictator and not as a democratically elected president.

Hua said China hoped all parties would play a constructive role in the peaceful resolution of the Venezuela issue, insisting that dialogue was the only way that long-term peace and stability could be attained in Venezuela.

But they are stopping short of seeking any outside military intervention.

The Venezuelan people need our help, they do not deserve more misery imposed by shamelessly self-serving politicians and public servants.

A handful of Latin American countries such as Uruguay, Ecuador and Costa Rica are also part of the group.

Maduro said blocking the OPEC nation's oil shipments would be economically and socially "catastrophic" for the country, adding that anyone who accepted a nomination from Guaido to posts at PDVSA or Citgo would 'face justice'.

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Maduro also welcomed a meeting of the International Contact Group on Venezuela in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo on Thursday saying: "We are ready and prepared to participate in a process of sovereign, constitutional dialogue". Well for your information, Venezuela does not give up!

"We are confident that Maduro is finished, and will leave for some other country that offers him exile very soon". The sanctions freeze $7 billion in USA -based assets and target $11 billion of US revenue to Venezuela's national oil company.

A Venezuelan volunteer places a bag of USAID humanitarian aid for storage at a warehouse next to the Tienditas International Bridge, near Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Hector Vazquez Muniz, chief financial officer of Banco San Juan Internacional, said in a statement to the AP that the bank is complying with the US sanctions and denied wrongdoing.

"If the White House's goal is regime change in Venezuela, which appears to be the case, then they should be concerned that their actions are generating a backlash against the U.S.in Venezuela and in the region", said Main.

The U.S., Canada, most countries in Latin America and over 20 European nations have lent their backing to Guaido following the announcement. But analysts caution a USA intervention in Venezuela, which is twice the size of Iraq and densely populated, could require a significant and sustained US military commitment to succeed.

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Foreign policy, including Trump's talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will be a heavy focus of the speech. And she largely avoided the pitfalls of others who delivered similar responses , including Florida Sen.

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