Pence to begin Latin America tour as global crises grow

14 August, 2017, 02:45 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Caracas has since responded to the threat and is preparing defense measures

Arreaza accused Trump of "warmongering" and said Trump's comments represented "the United States' systematic aggression against Venezuela".

The leadership of the crisis-wracked nation - Latin America's biggest oil producer and an ally to Russian Federation and Cuba - suddenly found itself going from battling dissent, protests and growing worldwide isolation to contemplating United States military action last seen in the region in 1989, when American troops invaded Panama to topple its president, Manuel Noriega.

In Cartagena, Pence will meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and have a dinner with some of the members of the U.S. -Colombia Business Council, created during a state visit by Santos to the U.S.in May.

Mora added that the option of some sort of more limited military action would not be effective enough to achieve any significant aims.

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".

Pence and his wife, Karen, were greeted by a military honor guard on the tarmac at Rafael Nunez International Airport, where they were greeted by the Colombian minister of foreign affairs, the US ambassador to Colombia and the Colombian ambassador to the USA, among other officials.

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Even if Trump were to defy those who oppose military action, the task would not be easy. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying.

Also on Saturday, South American trade bloc Mercosur rejected the use of force in Venezuela, according to a statement by Argentina's foreign ministry.

The White House said Mr. Trump would only agree to speak with Mr. McMaster told ABC's "This Week".

Nicolás Maduro Guerra, the son of the Venezuelan President, is threatening to seize the White House with rifles if President Donald Trump sends the USA military to his nation. But it said Maduro had "refused to heed this call" and instead had chosen the "path of dictatorship".

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. The coalition rejected "the use of force or threats of applying the same in Venezuela on the part of any country". He will tour the newly expanded Panama Canal.

The U.S. will also likely be looking for assurances that Colombia is taking seriously the surging coca production in the country, which has been blamed partially on Santos' decision in 2015 to stop using crop-destroying herbicides.

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