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

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

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

Looking at Moncada, who was also seated at the horseshoe-shaped Security Council table, Pence said: "With all due respect Mr. Ambassador, you shouldn't be here".

The United States has sanctioned a broad array of Maduro administration officials, military officers and institutions, blocking them from the financial system and freezing assets held in U.S. banks, including those of Venezuela-owned oil company Citgo.

"There can be no bystanders to this history", Pence said. The Trump administration has also strongly supported the leadership challenge by National Assembly President Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by the US and more than four dozen other governments as Venezuela's interim president.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on the United Nations today to revoke the U.N. credentials of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government and recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's legitimate 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.

Pence spoke directly to Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations, saying he should return to Venezuela and tell Maduro his time is up. "It is not dependent on the declarations of ... the vice-president of the United States".

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Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, had called for "a full, clear and unequivocal apology". An apology on behalf of the state is usually made by the prime minister.

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has accused the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup in order to install Guaido as a U.S. puppet so Washington can take control of Venezuela's oil resources.

"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".

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. Maduro has remained in office with the help of the Venezuelan military while the U.S., South American and European governments recognize Guaido.

"We call on the United States to recognize that the Venezuelan people and other people have the right to determine their future", the Russian ambassador said.

"You will only gain respect from that, You don't like when others interfere in your affairs. They need to cease efforts to stand in the way of economic and diplomatic pressure, and they need to cease supporting the Maduro regime".

"We are guided by our membership on that issue, and at this point, this determination has not been made".

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