Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has issued a statement on behalf of the nation in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recent threat, vowing to defend the South American country's sovereignty at all costs against foreign hegemony.
The newly-appointed minister also called on the international community to help defend Venezuela's right to self-determination.
"The U.S. administration reaffirms its imperialist and neoliberal policy against the Venezuelan people," Arreaza said during a press conference.
He also said the threats "violate the principles of the United Nations and the norms of international law."
And he stressed that they were issued by Trump a day after the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ratified his willingness to have talks with his U.S. counterpart, adding "The moment has come for the international community to stop U.S. aggression against the Venezuelan people."
Earlier, the Venezuelan minister held talks with 62 representatives of the diplomatic corps, including the U.S. charge d'affaires.
Arreaza said that during the meeting he received solidarity from representatives and international organizations who rejected the threat of military force.
At the same time he called for dialogue with the United States.
Thanking groups and politicians from around the world that have expressed support for Venezuela, Arreaza reaffirmed the need for global solidarity against "neo-colonial aggression."
"As (Simon) Bolivar said, the unity of our people is part of our destiny. This is a moment of unity. Is the time for unity of the peoples of the world, especially Our America."
Delcy Rodriguez, president of Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, ANC, has announced that the political body will work alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in the face of the military threat posed by U.S. President Donald Trump.
On Friday, Trump said that the United States is exploring “many options regarding Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.”
Given this, “the National Constituent Assembly will act to accompany the head of state, Maduro, in the defense of our beloved Venezuela,” Rodriguez said.
The ex-foreign minister also rejected the “cowardly, insolent and vile threats of the president of the United States against the sacred sovereignty of Venezuela.”
She concluded that “offenses and aggressions against the highest levels of government will be repudiated by the anti-imperialist people of Venezuela."
While Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez described Trump's attitude as "extremist and delirious". He also called for the Venezuelan opposition to show "a bit patriotism" in the face of the "serious military threat."