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Iran sees U.S. charges against Venezuela’s Maduro as aggression, coup attempt



The U.S. accusation against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is the latest attempt to intervene in the country’s affairs and instigate regime change, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Friday.

“No provision in international law allows the United States, abusing its legal mechanisms, to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries to prepare a coup or (act of) aggression against an independent state,” Mousavi said.

A day prior, the U.S. indicted Maduro and four associates for “narco-terrorism,” accusing the Venezuelan leader of trafficking drugs.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then announced a reward of $15 million for information leading to Maduro’s arrest.

The Venezuelan leader has rejected the accusations and said Venezuela had been at the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking in the region.


Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim