Latin America rejects U.S. military threat in Venezuela

Pauline Gross
August 14, 2017

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Sunday condemned Trump's threat to use the military option against Venezuela, and voiced Tehran's opposition to any foreign interference in the domestic affairs of Caracas.

President Donald Trump's statement last week that the USA has "many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary" was meant to strike fear into Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, but instead more likely boosted the dictator's fortunes, Antonio Mora wrote in an opinion piece in The Hill.

"The president never takes options off the table in any of these situations and what we owe him are options", he said.

"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 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.

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"The bad threats of President Donald Trump are trying to drag Latin America and the Caribbean into a conflict that could permanently alter the stability, peace and security in our region", he said.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Trump, by raising the prospect of possible military action, was trying "to give the Venezuelan people hope and opportunity to create a situation where democracy can be restored".

Peru, one of Maduro's fiercest critics, led the charge in criticising Trump's threat, saying it was against United Nations principles.

Regional alliance Mercosur added it rejected the use of force against Venezuela, despite having indefinitely suspended the country last week amid global condemnation of Maduro's new, all-powerful legislative superbody.

"The repudiation of violence and any option involving the use of force is unavoidable and constitutes the fundamental basis of democratic coexistence, both internally and in global relations". He is set to visit Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama. More than 120 people have died in anti-government protests since April. "Will president Trump be the president a year from now in the US?'" Patricio Navia, a political analyst, said. "What I think Pence wants to do is shore up support to remove Maduro through other means".

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