Latin America to slam Trump's 'military option' threat

  • Saturday 12, August 2017 in 10:16 PM
  • Venezuela's President gestures as he speaks during National Constituent Assembly
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Latin American nations led by Peru are negotiating a written rebuke of U.S. President Donald Trump after he said the United States was considering a "military option" involving Venezuela, as the crisis-stricken country prepares its own response.

Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation of Washington's response to the nation's crisis.

Caracas disparaged the threat as "craziness" and its foreign minister was due to make a statement at 11 a.m. EST (1500 GMT). Peru was the first to condemn Trump's threatened use of force and is negotiating a written response with other nations in the region, Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna said in a statement sent exclusively to Reuters on Saturday. The statement came the day after Peru expelled Venezuela's ambassador in Lima.

“All foreign or domestic threats to resort to force undermine the goal of reinstating democratic governance in Venezuela, as well as the principles enshrined in the UN charter,” said Luna.

Peru under President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has taken the toughest stance yet toward Venezuela's socialist government.

Venezuela is undergoing a major economic and social crisis, with millions suffering from food and medicine shortages, soaring inflation and months-long anti-government unrest that has killed more than 120 people.

Venezuela's Information Minister Vladimir Villegas on Saturday tweeted a picture of the Statue of Liberty holding a machine gun instead of a torch, and a link to an article describing, "A Chronology of U.S. 'Military Options' in Latam and the Caribbean."