USA travel ban is psychological terrorism - Venezuela

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He sent "condolences to the people suffering from the hurricanes and natural disasters in the region" and reiterated that the people of Venezuela will continue to do everything they can to help the region, noting that President Maduro has sent aid to several Caribbean nations, including Cuba, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda and earthquake-stricken Mexico.

Earlier Monday, he told the U.N. General Assembly that Trump acted like "the world's emperor".

"As if he were the world's emperor, President Donald Trump used this rostrum built for peace to announce war, the total destruction of member states", Jorge Arreaza Montserrat told delegates at the annual United Nations gathering, which wrapped up Monday.

Invoking former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's famous quip that the podium "smells like sulfur" after then-U.S. President George W. Bush addressed the assembly in 2006, Arreaza said: "It's still valid".

At a dinner in NY last week with the presidents of Brazil, Colombia and Panama, Trump praised the good relationship between the USA and Latin America and enlisted the region to keep pressure on Maduro, calling his rule "disastrous". "Nobody is asking for U.S.to intervene in Latin America or the Caribbean". "Intervention has only left a trail of violence in our region", adding a condemnation of the USA blockade against Cuba. The ruling was later reversed.

The new restrictions replace an expiring 90-day measure that had locked Trump in political and legal battles since he took office in January over what critics alleged was an effort to bar Muslims from the country.

The addition of new countries to the extended United States travel ban, including Venezuela, is an act of "political and psychological terrorism", the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have fled the political tumult, triple-digit inflation and widespread shortages of food and medicine.

It came hours after the White House announced a new executive order adding three new countries - Venezuela, North Korea and Chad - to a list that already included Libya, Iran, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, while removing Sudan.

The US is not the only country to have imposed sanctions on Venezuela.

Arreaza was referring to remarks President Trump made on August 11, saying he would not rule out a "military option" in Venezuela as the regime of Nicolas Maduro consolidates power. Arreaza said at a news conference that it's "an unfounded strategy to soften the public opinion and to try to make a case against Venezuela".

Arreaza said his country is "looking for channels" to the Trump administration and is open to having a dialogue.

"For the moment, it has not been possible, but the will is there", Arreaza said. But he says: "If we are attacked, we will respond in the same field".

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