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.
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.
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Thousands of workers gathered in the capital Pyongyang in protest and in defiance of Donald Trump's warning of " fire and fury ". Ghosts of the last time America went to war in Korea have been brought back to life through the work of a British electrician.
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At the same time, Beijing will respond if the USA and South Korea strike first and try to overthrow the North Korean regime. Trump had called on Beijing in the past to exert its control over North Korea , its trading partner, on several instances.
US Asks Iraqi Kurds to Postpone Referendum
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.