The United States is considering imposing new sanctions on Venezuela to increase pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's government to give up power, USA national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday.
Maduro was active on Twitter on Tuesday, but only to mark the anniversary of the death of his predecessor Hugo Chavez.
The US envoy for the crisis in Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, said Tuesday, March 5, that Washington was weighing more punitive measures to increase the pressure on Maduro.
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Guaido left Venezuela and went on a tour of regional allies after the USA aid shipment failed to cross Venezuelan key borders, defying orders banning him from leaving.
Guaido left Venezuela 10 days ago in an unsuccessful bid to force through desperately needed humanitarian aid stockpiled in Colombia.
Guaido then went on to address an ecstatic rally of thousands of supporters, announcing a new round of anti-government protests for Saturday.
The opposition is also seeking to capitalize on momentum spurred by Guaido's triumphant return to Venezuela on Monday to press for an end to Maduro's rule. He visited several Latin American countries to lobby for global help.
"They will not be able to lead us to a civil war in Venezuela", Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told the UN Security Council. "They thought the pressure had reached its zenith but it's only just beginning". "It is extremely hard to see how he could play a positive role in a democratic election", he said, adding that it was ultimately up to Venezuelans to decide Maduro's future role.
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He has vowed to set up a transitional government and hold new elections.
"That's ultimately a decision for Venezuelans to make", Mr Abrams said.
Venezuelans expats, however, appear split on how Guaidó should use his role as interim president - and whether he should support USA involvement in the conflict.
Earlier on Tuesday, Washington's top envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, said imposing USA secondary sanctions against non-U.S. citizens or entities tied to the Maduro government was "clearly a possibility", although he said a decision had not been made on taking such a step.
Guaido, recognized by most Western nations as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, said the strikes would be staggered and aim to paralyze the public sector. He has called on state officials, who have been historically pressured by the ruling Socialist Party to publicly back Maduro, to disavow the government, and has promised future amnesties for those that do.
But troops blocked convoys of aid trucks sent from Colombia and Brazil, leading to clashes that killed at least six people along the Brazilian border, rights groups say.
But Maduro's vice president, Delcy Rodriguez, told Russian state media that Guaido is "trying to seize power" upon the "direct order" of Washington.
Guaido had secretly left Venezuela for Colombia, in violation of a Supreme Court order, to coordinate efforts there on February 23 to send aid into Venezuela.