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

"And today, we urge every member of the Security Council and all United Nations member states to support this resolution". "For the peace and security of our hemisphere, the world and the United Nations must stand with the people of Venezuela". In addition, Washington, after recognizing Guaido, immediately seized billions of dollars' worth of Venezuela's oil assets.

"I don't think there is any doubt that. the Maduro regime presents a threat to the United States of America", Pompeo told a USA congressional hearing.

"While other worldwide bodies have acted, the United Nations and this Security Council have refused to act", Pence told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by the United States.

Vice President Pence called out Venezuela's United Nations ambassador to his face while addressing the body's Security Council on Wednesday - a speech he used to declare it's time for Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of provoking an artificial crisis to oust Maduro and replace him "with their own pawn", actions he described as a "lawless, thuggish violation of global law".

He added: "It is clearly. a true threat to the United States". "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".

Pence spoke directly to Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations, saying he should return to Venezuela and tell Maduro his time is up.

"I sound a warning bell ... there is a clear move here again to undermine our rights and if they can undermine our rights, they can undermine the rights of all members of this organization", he told the Security Council. United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock told the council that there is a "very real humanitarian problem" in the country.

Although Maduro and his socialist ruling party enjoy support from many poor and working-class Venezuelans, his government has been facing its toughest challenge to date from Guaidó, who has highlighted the country's plummeting economy, as well as the exodus of Venezuelans, in calling for Maduro's ouster.

In February, Venezuelan troops blocked US -backed aid convoys trying to enter from Colombia and Brazil.

The Trump administration has said that Maduro has surrounded himself with Cuban security and intelligence officials, and told Moscow to withdraw some 100 Russian troops that arrived in Venezuela in March.

"That's the nature of the regime that we're dealing with".



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