US ready to take military action in Venezuela: Pompeo

US ready to take military action in Venezuela: Pompeo

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Washington, May 1 : United States is prepared to take military action amid the ongoing unrest in Venezuela, but would prefer a peaceful transition of power, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview on Wednesday. "Military action is possible. If that's what's required, that's what the United States will do," Pompeo told the Fox Business Network.

Pompeo added, however, that the United States would prefer a peaceful transition of power in Venezuela. On Tuesday, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called on Venezuelans and on the military to act against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Violent clashes between pro-Guaido protesters and the government's security forces have since ensued. Large-scale protests against Maduro began in Venezuela on January 21 soon after he was sworn in for a new term in office. Guaido disputed the results of the May 2018 election and proclaimed himself to be an interim leader president of Venezuela.

The United States and 54 other countries recognized Guaido. Russia, China, Bolivia, Turkey and a number of other countries recognize Maduro as the only legitimate president of Venezuela. Maduro has called Guaido a puppet of the United States and accused Washington of orchestrating a coup to effect a change in government in Venezuela and claim the country’s resources. (UNI)