VP Pence demands United Nations recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's president

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

Mike Pompeo says Venezuela's Maduro is a "true threat" to the U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said there is no crisis and blames US sanctions for the country's economic problems.

All bank accounts belonging to Venezuela's diplomatic organisations based in the USA have been frozen by Washington, Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations Samuel Moncada said on Wednesday.

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

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".

Moncada looked up from his phone and shook his head at Pence's remarks.

"This body should revoke the credentials of Venezuela's representative to the United Nations, recognize interim President Juan Guaido, and seat the representative of the free Venezuelan government in this body without delay", he stated.

"We call on the United States to once again recognize that the Venezuelan people and other peoples have the right to determine their own future", Nebenzia said.

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

He also announced the USA will be providing almost $61 million in humanitarian assistance, in addition to the $213 million the State Department says it has already provided to Venezuelan refugees living in nearby countries - as well as $43 million in development and economic assistance. The United States and Russian Federation both failed in rival bids to get the Security Council to adopt resolutions on Venezuela in February.

Nebenzia said there are many examples of the USA overthrowing Latin American leaders and he asked Venezuela's neighbours, who support Guaido: "Don't you understand that Venezuela is merely a bargaining chip in the geopolitical and geostrategic struggle for influence in the region and the world?"

The back and forth came amid bleak news for the Latin American country gripped by an escalating humanitarian crisis.

United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock told the council that there is a "very real humanitarian problem" in the country. He urged the U.N.to make a distinction between the political and humanitarian questions, and amp up efforts to provide humanitarian relief.

But it is unlikely Washington will get the support needed to carry out something so huge in either the Security Council or the General Assembly.

When asked if the U.S. thought it had enough backing to oust Maduro's government at the United Nations, Mr Pence said: "I think the momentum is on the side of freedom".

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