Truth behind mess in Venezuela

By Choe Yong Nam

The US has recently intensified interference in the internal affairs of anti-US nations and threats to invade them.

And the Venezuelan crisis it triggered has created a strained atmosphere in the international community.

The designation of Juan Guaido as "temporary president" of Venezuela, recognition of a person nominated by him as acting Venezuelan ambassador to the US and pressure on other nations to suspend financial transactions with the Venezuelan government--all the US actions far exceed expectations. In addition, the US administration nominated Elliott Abrams, a neoconservative who was involved in the Iran-Contras incident and the military coup to support the Nicaraguan opposition forces under the Reagan administration in the 1980s, as a presidential special envoy for Venezuelan affairs.

What then does the US' undisguised intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela suggest?

The US tries to contain Russia and China and have a monopoly on the abundant natural resources in Venezuela.

Russia and China have concluded tens of billions of dollars worth economic agreements, increased investments and strengthened military ties with Venezuela from the latter half of the 1990s and for 10 years respectively.

The US has become ever more uncomfortable about it in recent years as it did in 2017.

In April and early May this year US State Secretary Pompeo asserted that China and Russia plan to stage a military coup in the Latin-American countries by supplying arms and funds to the Maduro government and the US is ready to respond to it and will act if necessary.

Venezuela is known for the rich natural resources.

Bolton recently told Fox Business that they are discussing how to make American businesses produce oil in Venezuela and it will be in the best interests of the US to illegalize the Maduro government.

In the new century the spirit of independence has grown rapidly in the Latin-American region. In 2004 Venezuela and Cuba established the "Alternative Bolivariana para la America" (ALBA) and in 2011 the Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States comprising 33 countries except the US was founded.

The US has seen Venezuela as a thorn in its flesh. It labelled the country as a "threat to its national security" in March 2015 and applied sanctions against it by the presidential executive order. A few days later, the US southern army worked out a military operation plan, called Operation Venezuela Freedom.

It is no accident that the American Wall Street Journal on January 30 reported that if the military coup in Venezuela was the first US step, Cuba and Nicaragua will be the next targets.

(Pyongyang Times - May 26, 2019)
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