Pence confronts Venezuelan ambassador at UN: ‘You shouldn’t be here’

Pence confronts Venezuelan ambassador at UN: ‘You shouldn’t be here’

Kerry Wise
April 12, 2019

Earlier Wednesday, US Vice President Mike Pence asked the United Nations to recognise Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, telling the Security Council, "Nicolas Maduro must go".

All bank accounts belonging to Venezuela's diplomatic organisations based in the U.S. have been frozen by Washington, Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations Samuel Moncada said on Wednesday. Maduro said on state television on Wednesday that the Andean country had reached "an agreement" with the ICRC to work with the U.N.to bring in aid.

However, it was extremely unlikely that the UN Security Council would approve the US-proposed resolution.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence told the United Nations Security Council Wednesday that the Trump administration is determined to restore democracy to Venezuela, preferably through diplomatic and economic pressure, but that "all options are on the table" - and Russian Federation and others need to step aside.

Washington has stepped up the rhetoric against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, calling his Russia-backed government a threat to the United States and urging the world to recognize his opponent as the legitimate ruler of the oil-rich South American country.

More than 50 countries have recognised Mr Guaido as Venezuela's leader.

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"There is a clear move here to undermine our rights", Moncada said, "and if they can undermine our rights, they can undermine the rights of all members of this organization, so we must categorically reject this".

"It is clearly the case that the former leadership of Venezuela - the Maduro regime - is a true threat the United States of America", Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee during a hearing Wednesday, citing Russia's military and political support for the Venezuelan government, as well as the alliances between Maduro and other USA adversaries like Cuba and Iran. "If you want to make America great again, and we are all sincerely interested in seeing that, stop interfering in the affairs of other states".

Raw video: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the U.N. Security Council meeting on the crisis in Venezuela.

Caracas and the Red Cross have agreed to allow UN-sponsored humanitarian aid shipments into Venezuela, which has been grappling with shortages of medicine and basic supplies amid a severe economic crisis.

"In Venezuela, there is a need to separate political and humanitarian objectives".