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U.S. wants Venezuelan oil, says Manuel Zelaya

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Staff Writer | February 1, 2019
Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, removed from office by a coup d'état, warned of the U.S. government's intentions to take Venezuelan oil.
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He also confirmed his support for Nicolas Maduro as legitimate President of Venezuela.

Venezuela, in 2011, became the country with the largest certified oil reserves in the world, reaching 297 billion barrels.

The United States, its allies and the local oligarchies, want oil. But they will never overcome Nicolas Maduro at the polls, nor even with the economic blockade, and less by using force which is the best sign of the empire's madness and weakness, 'he wrote in Twitter.

According to reports from Caracas, the United States wants Venezuelan oil, based on recent announcements from the Treasury Department.

Donald Trump's government ordered the blockade of seven billion dollars in assets of Venezuelam Oil (Pdvsa) in the United States.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Citd Petroleum Corporation, a PDVSA subsidiary, will continue its operations, as long as its profits are deposited in a blocked account in the United States.

The measures recognize as authority the self-proclaimed president in charge of Venezuela, the opposition MP Juan Guaido.

Zelaya, who is the coordinator of the Liberty and Refoundation(Free) Party, acknowledged last week Maduro's democratic legitimacy as Venezuelan Head of State.

He also assured, speaking to a local television channel, that Venezuela has "Latin America's largest democracy, even if it hurts the empire" (in reference to the United States).