Venezuela assembly denounces 'vile threats' from US President Donald Trump

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Venezuela assembly denounces 'vile threats' from US President Donald Trump

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Saturday said Trump's comments threatened peace and stability in his country.

Trump said Friday that a military option against Venezuela was on the table, describing the situation there as a "dangerous mess".

Maduro has reached out to Trump on more than one occasion, but his unwillingness to return to a more democratic government in Venezuela is likely to prevent that from happening.

A life-size cutout of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez waving his nation's flag stands on a balcony at Venezuela's embassy in Lima, Peru, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. The protesters demand general elections and other changes in the country, which now has one of the highest inflation in the world. By contrast, the Venezuelan left inside the country has been remarkably united in support of the Bolivarian government and the peaceful constituent assembly process.

Pence will make stops in Cartagena and Bogota and will meet with President Juan Manuel Santos. On Friday, Peru expelled Venezuela's ambassador.

The bloc consisting of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay says in a statement Saturday that "the only acceptable means of promoting democracy are dialogue and diplomacy". The suspension came just days after the government held elections for the constituent assembly.

The President of the United States of America said he was prepared to consider many options for addressing the unrest in Venezuela "including a possible military option, if necessary".

Washington's staunchest ally in the region - condemned any "military measures and the use of force" that encroach on Venezuela's sovereignty.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's new constituent assembly has been criticised as being anti-democratic, and the USA has imposed sanctions on Maduro, as well as a number of officials in recent weeks. Leader of the UK's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn found himself blasted in the global corporate-owned press for his refusal to denounce Maduro as a dictator and for a lukewarm comment about his opposition of all violence in Venezuela. A few days ago, the U.S. sanctioned eight more officials.

Donald Trump's talk of a "military option" for Venezuela may have drawn rebuke from several foreign governments, some even critical of President Nicolas Maduro, but so far it has been met with a resounding silence from the Venezuelan opposition.

Venezuelan officials said Caguaripano, who was discharged from the army in 2O14, had commanded around 20 uniformed men in the attack. The sanctions include the freezing of assets and a ban from entering the US.

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