Trump Warns North Korea 'Military Solutions' Are 'In Place, Locked and Loaded'

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

After months of attacking Venezuela's unpopular President Nicolas Maduro, Latin America came out strongly against US threats of military action against the crisis-hit nation.

"The people are suffering and they are dying".

However, his request seems to have been ignored, with the White House stating that Trump would only consider talking to Maduro once democracy is restored in Venezuela.

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would not rule out a "military option" in Venezuela.

On July 31, US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added the Venezuelan leader to its list of specially designated nationals, in response to what the White House described as "Maduro regime's recent anti-democratic actions.". Asked about specifics, Trump said: "We don't talk about it but a military operation - a military option - is certainly something that we could pursue".

The late July election of 545-member legislative superbody, called the constituent assembly and stacked with Maduro allies, drew worldwide condemnation for usurping the authority of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress.

Venezuela is facing its worst political crisis in decades.

In the last two months, the USA government has sanctioned more than 20 Venezuelan government officials. The massive street protests seen before the election of the assembly have lost steam while anti-Maduro activists try to draw up a strategy for the future.

But Trump's latest comments were the first sign that he is mulling military intervention.

If that wasn't enough, Maduro loyalists (a number of whom have recently been sanctioned by the Trump administration) have formed a new legislative body within the government that has taken for itself the power to rewrite the constitution.

On Saturday the nations of Mercosur, which includes Brazil and Argentina, issued a statement saying "the only acceptable means of promoting democracy are dialogue and diplomacy" and repudiating "violence and any option that implies the use of force".

"No. I don't think so", McMaster said.

"The daring threats of President Donald Trump intend to drag Latin America and the Caribbean into a conflict that would permanently alter the stability, peace and security of our region", Arreaza said at a press conference. "Provocative statements by @realDonaldTrump on North Korea and Venezuela are reckless", said Rep. Ted Lieu.

South American trading bloc Mercosur has spoken against Mr. Trump's latest comments on the Venezuela situation.

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

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