Iran Blasts US Meddling in Venezuela's Internal Affairs

Iran Blasts US Meddling in Venezuela's Internal Affairs

Stability across Latin America is in jeopardy from President Donald Trump's "reckless threat" to consider military action against Venezuela, Caracas said on Sunday, after its military vowed to stand up to the USA leader's "craziness".

US President Donald Trump on Friday threatened that he would not rule out a "military option" in Venezuela. "We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary", Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.

The menace, however, also gave Maduro's regime an unexpected opportunity to substantiate its daily refrain that it is a victim of a Washington plot to grab control of its oil reserves, the biggest in the world.

Following Mr Trump's assertion that military intervention in Venezuela was an option, Mr Maduro's critics are caught between backing the idea of a foreign invasion of Venezuela and supporting a president they call a dictator.

"We want to express gratitude for all the expressions of solidarity and rejection of the use of force from governments around the world, including Latin America", she said in a short speech.

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Regional alliance Mercosur said that it rejected the use of force against Venezuela, despite having indefinitely suspended the country last week amid global condemnation of Mr Maduro's new, all-powerful "constituent Assembly". Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru all issued messages rejecting such a step.

The U.S. has imposed sanctions against Maduro and more than two-dozen current and former officials in response to a crackdown on opposition leaders and the recent election of a pro-government assembly given the job of rewriting the country's Constitution.

After four months of deadly protests against his government, Maduro says the assembly is Venezuela's only hope of obtaining peace by locking in the socialist policies of his mentor and predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez.

"I'm open-minded to a reason, but at the end of the day, our military should be deployed when there's a national security interest that can be articulated to the American people", South Carolina's Lindsey Graham told "Fox News Sunday", adding: "I don't see one in Venezuela in terms of the military force".

"So, I dont think he has enough political clout to exert any kind of influence in Latin America". "The crisis in Venezuela can't be resolved through military actions, internally or externally", Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray wrote on Twitter.

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