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Venezuela Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza shows picture he said represent opposition members initiating violence, during a meeting on Venezuela in the U.N. Security Council at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday Feb. 26, 2019.

As for President Donald Trump's statement that all options are on the table, he said, "presidents always say that, and rightly do".

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has denounced United States sanctions and "theft of assets" from his country and accused the Trump administration of trying to foment a coup in violation of worldwide law. He said the United States was imposing more sanctions on four pro-government governors, including a close Maduro ally who negotiated the release of an American jailed for more than two years. The Kremlin has continued to support President Nicolas Maduro, while the U.S.is pushing for him to step aside.

Backed by the U.S. and dozens of other countries, opposition leader Juan Guaidó has declared himself interim president. Many of their diplomats - admittedly low-level - stormed out of the room just as Arreaza arrived to speak to the 47-member council.

Jorge Arreaza, Minister of the People's Power for Foreign Affairs in Venezuela called the violence on the border a failed "coup" and denounced the U.S. government for "organizing, financing, and leading this clear aggression against Venezuela". But Maduro - who won re-election in a widely-criticized vote a year ago - denies that a humanitarian crisis exists in the country and suggests that aid efforts are part of a U.S. plot to orchestrate a coup.

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But most likely, that evidence won't be provided because the congressional testimony is "not a legal hearing", said Napolitano . Cohen is testifying on Capitol Hill for three days this week, though Wednesday's hearing is the only one that it is public.

Abrams said that for Venezuela, "the solution to the humanitarian situation is to get a government that works for rather than against the people of Venezuela". Foremost among them was the addition of four governors to a growing list of more than 50 Venezuelan officials under sanctions and blocked from doing business or having accounts in the US. Maduro has repeatedly rejected aid efforts as the country's economy continues to crumble, which has led to clashes and killings on Venezuela's border with Colombia and Brazil.

He denies there is a crisis despite overseeing a hyperinflationary economic meltdown that has spawned widespread food and medicine shortages.

"In the days ahead, the United States will announce even stronger sanctions on the regime's corrupt financial networks". It wasn't immediately clear when Guaido would attempt to return to Venezuela.

The US and 50 other countries have backed Guaidó, while China and Russian Federation have stood by Maduro's government. "Enough, we're exhausted", said former national guardsman Gonzalez, 28, who earned about $13 a month in the ranks.

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