These follow last month's U.S. sanctions on Venezuela over the election of a loyalist legislative superbody that has the power to rewrite the constitution, which Washingtoncalled "illegitimate" and in service of a "dictator". The election of the assembly, decried by the opposition as an attempt by Maduro to install a "communist dictatorship", sharply increased tensions between Caracas and Washington.
"Venezuela rejects in the most categorical and convincing manner the unfriendly and hostile statements by US President Donald Trump... in which he threatens a military invasion against our homeland", Arreaza told broadcaster Venezuelana de Televisión.
The remarks come as Maduro has convened a constituent assembly, in an election widely denounced by global observers, to amend the country's constitution to cement his grip on power.
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Trump dialed up the rhetoric early Friday, tweeting that the US military is "locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely". Trump's warning came after the North threatened to fire ballistic missiles over Japan towards the US Pacific island of Guam.
McMaster told broadcaster MSNBC, "You've seen Maduro have some lame attempts to try to do that already", adding that it was important for the United States and its neighbors to speak with a single voice in defense of Venezuela's democracy.
Vice President Pence leaves next week on a trip to South America, where he will visit Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Panama.
Trump did not indicate if a military option would be lead by USA troops. -Latin American relations and tour the newly-expanded Panama canal.
Washington has slapped sanctions on President Nicolas Maduro and said he is ruling like a "dictator" trying to crush the opposition. "We have many options for Venezuela", he said.
Bolivian President Evo Morales also condemned on Saturday the "armed interventionist eagerness by the United States against Venezuela", slamming the worldwide community for keeping silent.
"But we will see what happens", Trump said. "He is the one who has caused it, and he's the one who's perpetuating it".
"Venezuela is a mess", said Trump, in an appearance before reporters with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at his New Jersey golf club.
He adds that it's "certainly something that we could pursue".
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In 2014, Kurdish Peshmerga prevented ISIS from capturing Kirkuk after the Iraqi army fled in the face of the militants. Tillerson made the request in a phone call with Barzani on Thursday, Zebari said.
On Thursday, Maduro referenced Trump during an address to the Venezuelan constitutional assembly, inviting a dialogue with the American leader.
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The threat itself came after Trump warned of " fire and fury ", urging North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions. At the same time, some of the public's anxiety is about Trump and his off the cuff handling of the situation.
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