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Pence begins Latin America tour as global crises grow

Pence begins Latin America tour as global crises grow

The U.S. Treasury now has sanctions in place against 21 Venezuelan officials, including Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Vice President Tareck El Aissami, Prosecutor-General Tarek William Saab, the Minister of Justice Nestor Reverol and Adan Chavez, brother to late President Hugo Chavez.

"We have troops all over the world in places that are very far away".

Mr Trump said on Friday he was considering various measures to tackle Venezuela "including a possible military option if necessary". "However, I think there is only a remote possibility that this becomes a military aggression against Venezuela", said Villadiego, a professor at the University of Carabobo.

Trump's statement about not to "rule out" a military option in Venezuela was a "violation" of United Nations and worldwide laws, Xinhua quoted Arreaza as saying.

"The president is obviously growing impatient with a risky thug holding 30 million people hostage, with cowardly snipers murdering hungry democracy protesters", Roger Noriega, a former USA ambassador to the Organization of American States and assistant secretary of state for Western hemisphere affairs told McClatchy.

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Between the new assembly and major food shortages, Maduro's government has sparked massive unrest in Venezuela.

Trump also said he plans to talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping later in the evening concerning North Korea.

The security arrangements scheduled to receive US Vice President Mike Pence in the Colombian Caribbean resort of Cartagena de Indias, will be as much deep as those for Heads of State and Government.

Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas called Trump's remark "an unprecedented threat to national sovereignty".

The president's comments will also complicate the calculus of Latin American leaders, many of whom had been speaking out against Maduro's actions.

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Venezuela's government responded by accusing Trump of seeking to destabilize Latin America.

Arreaza closed by reiterating Maduro's interest to have a conversation with Trump.

The United Nations' human rights office said earlier this month that Venezuelan security forces have used excessive force and arbitrarily detained thousands of people.

The White House also informed that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with the US President, which the latter declined saying that he will gladly pick up the call when democracy is restored in the former's country.

The centrist leader said in an interview for Reuters Latin American Investment Summit that Maduro had lost any remaining credibility since forming the constituent assembly, an all-powerful body made up of Maduro's Socialist Party loyalists.

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