Tuesday, April 23rd 2013 - 01:55 UTC

Venezuela warns it will react to any US sanctions or meddling in internal affairs

Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said on Monday that Venezuela will resort to “trade, energy, economic and political” measures if the United States applies sanctions or keeps meddling in the internal affairs of the country.

Foreign minister Elías Jaua and US Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson

“If the United States resorts to economic sanctions or otherwise, we will counter with trade, energy, economic and political measures as we deem necessary to respond forcefully to this unacceptable threat; we do not accept any empire threats” said Jaua during an interview with Venezuelan government TV Channel Telesur in Ecuador, where he attended a meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).

“You can be sure that faced with any kind of sanctions, we will respond with economic, political, social and diplomatic actions to defend the sacred rights of the Venezuelan people” he added.

Minister Jaua also condemned remarks from Roberta Jacobson, Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Latin America, who urged a full recount of the April 14 presidential election votes, as the most appropriate way to “resolve the division” in the country.

Jacobson claimed “half of Venezuelans did not have confidence in the outcome” of the election in which Nicolas Maduro was confirmed as the first ‘Chavista’ president and defeated his rival Henrique Capriles by a razor-edge margin of 1.78% of ballots, approx 265.000 out of almost fifteen million votes cast.

Capriles does admits the ‘legality’ but not the ‘legitimacy’ of the Sunday election results arguing there have been ‘innumerable irregularities’ and is demanding a full recount of the votes. The Venezuelan Electoral Council has accepted a full audit of votes cast, but not a recount. The opposition candidate calls Maduro ‘illegitimate’ president and says his administration is a ‘for the time being’ government until a final decision on the votes.

This “does not mean that there is anything suspicious or not, but it would be better ... If there is a process in which everyone can have confidence in the results” Ms Jacobson said in an interview with CNN in Spanish late Sunday.

Jaua said the Venezuelan government “rejected the unacceptable statements of Ms. Roberta Jacobson, who had already had an on record unacceptable statement when she allegedly declared that ‘her candidate was Henrique Capriles...’ In Venezuela there is no recount of votes, because there is an electronic vote.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week that the United States has not decided whether to recognize Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela's new president, reiterating a call for a recount of the presidential votes as the opposition demands.

US-Venezuela relations have been strained for several years under former president Hugo Chavez. The improved for some time when Obama was elected in 2008, but quite soon it was all back to square one. Since 2010 the two countries have not had full ambassador representation in Caracas and Washington.

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1 Boovis (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 05:49 am Report abuse
No-one destroys our industries except us X(
2 ChrisR (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 12:07 pm Report abuse
I wonder how the 600,000 DEAD voters on the official electoral roll voted?

I bet they all voted for the bus driver.

You really couldn't make this up.
3 DanyBerger (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 12:23 pm Report abuse
Ha ha Just US that any election is an scandal like the Bush one...
4 Welsh Wizard (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 12:51 pm Report abuse
@2 Evidence of the 600,000...? I haven't seen anything as yet
5 Brazilian (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 02:59 pm Report abuse
# 1 - Venezuela never really had an industry to begin with, and that goes back way before Chavez when Venezuela was just a US puppet.

# 2 - 600,000 dead voter? Funny how up to know only the Miami-based Venezuelan opposition and the US haven't aknowledged the legitimacy of the election. You are on your own.

# 3 - As the joke goes, ehe US just lucky there is no US embassy in the US, LOL.

# 4 - You haven't seen evidence and wont see it because it doesn't exists, it's just another baseless accusation by Capriles and his US handlers.
6 Fido Dido (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 03:24 pm Report abuse
And why should you even take a lady with a big (ugly) nose serious who is part of an administration (obozo administration) that was involved in electoral fraud. Meanwhile Capriles keeps crying and he knows he's done..game over.
7 Conqueror (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 04:15 pm Report abuse
@6 You really should think before you go making statements about a lady's attractiveness. Although I doubt whether Ms Jacobsen makes any claims in that area. However, CFK is on record as admitting that she slaps cosmetics on with a shovel. No doubt in an attempt to hide the potholes on her face. And Dilma is hardly a “pin-up”. Fat, or as it's now known “clinically obese”, and with doubts about what sex “she” is. Is she really a transsexual? You seem to have an obsession with “crying”. Is that because you can't stop yourself? Trying to figure out why you were excreted as a latino instead of as a proper human being?
8 Stevie (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 04:28 pm Report abuse
Is that what they called you? “Clinically obese”?

Long time since last time. No, conq?

You would've, wouldn't you?

But you can't, can you?

9 ChrisR (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 06:00 pm Report abuse
4 Welsh Wizard
en.mercopress.com/2013/04/19/electoral-council-extends-auditing-to-all-sunday-votes-capriles-accepts (see @8)

But I have to say, in my judgement, are we really surprised, the dummies at 3, 5, 6 and 8 apart?
10 mastershakejb (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 06:01 pm Report abuse
Oh Venezuela will react alright, it'll flip out and shit its pants, and then sit in its own diarrhea wet pants unhappily for the rest of the day.

LOL @ food shortages and homicide rate
11 briton (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 06:34 pm Report abuse
Will do to America,

What Argentina is doing to the brits,

12 Britworker (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 06:43 pm Report abuse
Perfectly ok for the US to have difficulties with a South American country. As a Brit we should respect their defacto positions, encourage them to engage in dialogue and we should not take any position on it.
13 briton (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 06:57 pm Report abuse
We will sit upon a fence somewhere
With a ham sandwich and a cuppa
And watch..lol.
14 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:04 pm Report abuse
15 cornelius (#) Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:45 pm Report abuse
Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said on Monday that Venezuela will resort to “trade, energy, economic and political” measures if the United States applies sanctions or keeps meddling in the internal affairs of the country.

HA HA HA what a load of crap they cannot do that or they will go bankrupt if not for the US.
They Import almost 100% of their gasoline consumption from the US, they export most of their oil to the US the only country that have the distilled capacity for that tar that they call oil.
This people are amazing if we’re not for the US they will have no economy and they are in no position to dictate anything, “Venezuela you are loaded with empty threats”
16 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 12:45 am Report abuse
But it sounds good....like.....“vote against me and you will be cursed” !! :“the little bird was chubby”...“the USA wants to assassinate Capriles” they go on
17 Hepatia (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 04:19 am Report abuse
I think the real message of the this election is how close it was. Plainly the “Bolivian Revolution” is a movement that has run its course - for the time being at least.
18 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 10:21 am Report abuse
Venezuela needs some consistency,first they are threatening the evil USA and next they are sending love notes

19 ChrisR (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 11:46 am Report abuse
18 Captain Poppy

Just like petulant teenagers: seems about right!
20 DanyBerger (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 01:34 pm Report abuse
I will just rise the price of oil by cutting supply anytime US politicians open their mouth against Venezuela.

That will keep them quite.
21 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 01:58 pm Report abuse
Of course you would. That is why you don't life in SA, don't oil and don't manage anything. But judging from you statements, perhaps you are consulting on managing Argentina's economy from the comforts of Europe.
BTW, increasing oil prices on market control resources? If you could, ultimately just increases the cost to buy it back as gasoline.
22 Brazilian (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 02:07 pm Report abuse
So many comments here about the physical appearnce of leaders. By that arguments the Playboy Mansion should run the UN (they might actually do a better job). What happens in Venezuela is Venezuela's problem, the US should step away and take care of their own problems, which are seriously increasing. I don't know if I'm allowed to post links here, but here goes one for the people of the USA: theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/america-the-fallen-24-signs-that-our-once-proud-cities-are-turning-into-poverty-stricken-hellholes
23 briton (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 06:38 pm Report abuse
What happens in Venezuela is Venezuela's problem
and what happens in the uk, is the uk;s problem,
and what happens in the falklands is their problem,
and south america should also mind its own.

funny old world is it not.
24 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 08:58 pm Report abuse
Yes it is....then we decided to trade and screwed it up
25 Hepatia (#) Apr 24th, 2013 - 10:32 pm Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/04/23/venezuela-warns-it-will-react-to-any-us-sanctions-or-meddling-in-internal-affairs#comment241548: Well, actually, what happens in Islas Malvinas is Argentina's problem. There is no country called “the falklands”.
26 briton (#) Apr 25th, 2013 - 12:05 am Report abuse
25 Hepatia
Technically you are correct,
Depending on how you interpret the question.
what happens in Islas Malvinas is Argentina's problem
[][in this context you are correct]
But ??????????????

What happens in the Falklands is a Falkland/British problem,
As there is no islas Malvinas =on in the context of argentine mythology.

27 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 25th, 2013 - 12:51 am Report abuse
Hepatia.....if you really think the Falklands are your, you must feel like a coward of a country that you cannot do a damn thing about it. When you did, we Rangers use to say.....made your shit flaky and ruined your afternoon.
Ok, you you are incapable of defending yourself and depend on others for defense, rationalize why you do not go to the ICJ if Argentina believes it is theirs?
BTW, every map in the world calsls them FALKLAND ISLANDS.
28 Hepatia (#) Apr 25th, 2013 - 03:57 pm Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/04/23/venezuela-warns-it-will-react-to-any-us-sanctions-or-meddling-in-internal-affairs#comment241614: As you point out the present occupants of the Malvinas are the UK's problem. This is exactly why Argentina correctly refuses to allow them to be included in any sovereignty negotiations. The administration of the UK understands this very well. That is why their insistence on including the residents in sovereignty negotiations is extremely dishonest.
29 briton (#) Apr 25th, 2013 - 06:30 pm Report abuse
Argentina correctly refuses to allow them to be included in any sovereignty negotiations.

And what is it to do with Argentina,

The way you are putting it, or trying to brain wash any roving argies looking for pointers, is that,
Argentina is in the Falklands,
Its yours and you wont allow the UK into the talks,

Now if I was a dreamiest or an alien from mars, you might have a convincing argument,

But as we live in the real world and know full well, you and Argentina and CFK have no claim whatsoever over the Falklands,
We know then that once again you speak with a nasty fork tongue.

Go home
30 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 25th, 2013 - 08:23 pm Report abuse
Hepatia......have you considered holding your breath until the UK talks to you?
31 Hepatia (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 04:22 am Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/04/23/venezuela-warns-it-will-react-to-any-us-sanctions-or-meddling-in-internal-affairs#comment241917: So why is the UK, the sovereign power, refusing negotiations?
32 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 10:22 am Report abuse
Because they(RG) will not agree to a self governing group of people that choose to align themselves with the UK to join the talks.
33 Hepatia (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 03:47 pm Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/04/23/venezuela-warns-it-will-react-to-any-us-sanctions-or-meddling-in-internal-affairs#comment242096: But the people on the Malvinas are solely the UK's problem. They cannot use them as an excuse not to hold sovereignty. To do so is dishonest.
34 briton (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 06:05 pm Report abuse
33 Hepatia
Why Argentineans is not allowed a referendum to become independent states,
Why has Argentina got sovereignty over Argentina and why,

What give Argentina the right to hold sovereignty over Argentineans?

Why has not Argentina included Great Britain talks on Argentinean sovereignty,
Why has Argentina not included the Falklands in talks on Argentinean sovereignty,
Sound confusing and stupid does it not,
Now perhaps you know how we feel abt you lot.
35 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 26th, 2013 - 08:33 pm Report abuse
The people of the Falklands are no ones problem. You cannot discuss the islands without the people that live there. You consider them a stolen island, yet you refuse to take legal action.
36 Hepatia (#) Apr 27th, 2013 - 04:08 am Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/04/23/venezuela-warns-it-will-react-to-any-us-sanctions-or-meddling-in-internal-affairs#comment242340: I am not in a position to take legal action with regard to the Malvinas so I cannot refuse to take legal action.

The sovereignty that the UK claims over the Malvinas resides in London, and nowhere else.
37 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 27th, 2013 - 03:17 pm Report abuse
Myself, the UK, the Falklanders and all the powers to be that control this situation seem to think differently from you and the delusions of Argentina and apparently based on the status of who controls the islands....the Islanders, that is all that matters. Perhaps you all would do better playing amor fraternal and get Bolivia their treasures seaport in Chile. That is more likely to happen before the Falklands become Argentine.
Do you not agree that Argentina should take it to court if their claim is legitimate?
38 briton (#) Apr 27th, 2013 - 07:21 pm Report abuse
37 capt poppy
they have no valid claim,
and that is the only real reason they will not take it to the ICJ,

but they will try to steal them..
39 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 27th, 2013 - 09:22 pm Report abuse
That's my point briton. Because they have not valid claim, they avoid the ICJ like the small pox the Conquistadors gave them.
40 briton (#) Apr 28th, 2013 - 10:56 am Report abuse
true ?
41 Hepatia (#) Apr 30th, 2013 - 02:47 am Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/04/23/venezuela-warns-it-will-react-to-any-us-sanctions-or-meddling-in-internal-affairs#comment242660: Argentina avoids the ICJ for exactly the same reason that the US and nearly all American countries do. They do not subscribe to the ICJ.

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