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Venezuela’s Maduro says he is breaking diplomatic relations with US

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he was breaking diplomatic relations with the United States, after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country’s interim president.

Speaking to supporters outside the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, socialist leader Maduro said he would give US diplomatic personnel 72 hours to leave Venezuela, which is suffering from a hyperinflationary economic collapse.

Trump said on Wednesday that all options are on the table for Venezuela after he recognized Guaido as interim president and called President Nicolas Maduro’s government “illegitimate.”

“We’re not considering anything, but all options are on the table,” he told reporters at the White House when asked if he was considering sending the US military into Venezuela.

Opposition supporters hold rallies against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government. (Reuters)
Opposition supporters hold rallies against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, Venezuelan security forces fired tear gas at opposition demonstrators blocking a highway in capital Caracas on Wednesday, amid growing pressure on socialist Maduro.