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Pompeo says U.S. won't quit fight in Venezuela, defends sanctions

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Published on April 13, 2019 - Duration: 00:41s

Pompeo says U.S. won't quit fight in Venezuela, defends sanctions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has defended sanctions on Venezuela and said the United States would not "quit the fight" in the socialist-run Latin American nation which is spiralling into deepening economic and political crisis.

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Pompeo says U.S. won't quit fight in Venezuela, defends sanctions

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday (April 12) defended sanctions on Venezuela and said the United States would not "quit the fight" in the socialist-run Latin American nation which is spiralling into deepening economic and political crisis.

Pompeo is on a three-day trip to Chile, Paraguay and Peru, a clutch of fast-growing countries in a region where Washington's concerns are focused on China's growing presence as well as the Venezuelan crisis.

Washington is pressuring President Nicolas Maduro to step down and urging more countries to join the coalition supporting opposition leader Juan Guaido.

South America has seen a political shift in recent years towards the right, and most nations have backed Guaido.

Pompeo will travel later on Friday to Paraguay, the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state to the country since 1965, a gesture experts say underscores U.S. commitment to the region.

On Sunday (April 14) he is set to visit Cucuta, a Colombian border city receiving significant numbers of Venezuelan migrants fleeing hunger and violence in their homeland.

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