Thursday 18 October 2018

US denies any role in attempt at assassination

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Photo: AFP/Getty
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Photo: AFP/Getty

US President Donald Trump's national security adviser has said the US played no part in the apparent attempt on the life of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan officials say drones armed with explosives detonated while Mr Maduro was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers which was being broadcast live on television.

Mr Trump's adviser John Bolton stated "unequivocally" "there was no US government involvement in this at all".

As to what happened in Caracas, Mr Bolton said: "It could be a lot of things, from a pretext set up by the Maduro regime itself to something else."

Mr Maduro did not directly blame the US, pointing instead at Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

However, he asserted the "intellectual authors" and financiers behind the plan are resident in Florida. Mr Maduro added that the attack's goal was "what US imperialism is seeking" - "a Venezuela in conflict, in civil war".

He called on Mr Trump to arrest the terrorists.

In response, Mr Bolton said: "If the government of Venezuela has hard information that they want to present to us that would show a potential violation of US criminal law, we'll take a serious look at it."

Irish Independent

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