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The Trump administration warned of "serious consequences" after Venezuela's government moved to freeze the bank accounts of self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido on Tuesday, while state-run oil company PDVSA sought to sidestep U.S. sanctions.


In response, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton warned of "serious consequences for those who attempt to subvert democracy and harm Guaido," in a tweet that described Saab as the "illegitimate former Venezuelan Attorney General."

作为回应,美国国家安全顾问约翰·博尔顿(John Bolton)警告称,“企图颠覆民主和伤害瓜伊多的人将面临严重后果”,他在Twitter上称萨博为“非法的委内瑞拉前司法部长”。

The United States and several other countries have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate head of state and denounced Maduro as a usurper. Maduro, sworn in on Jan. 10 for a second term after disputed elections last year, accuses Guaido of staging a U.S.-directed coup against him. Maduro is backed by a number of countries, including Russia.


Maduro appeared on a television broadcast from a military base on Tuesday, praising the soldiers' loyalty.


As a lawmaker who heads the National Assembly, Guaido has immunity from prosecution unless ordered by a top court. However, the Supreme Court is loyal to Maduro and is expected to quickly open the investigation.


The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it had certified Guaido's authority to control certain assets held by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or other U.S.-insured banks, including government and central bank accounts.


In Geneva, senior U.S. and Venezuelan diplomats traded jibes at a disarmament conference. Venezuela's ambassador, Jorge Valero, said the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump was preparing a "military invasion" and questioned whether Washington had the moral authority to "impose a diktat" on Caracas.

在日内瓦,美国和委内瑞拉的高级外交官在一次裁军会议上相互嘲讽。委内瑞拉大使豪尔赫·瓦莱罗(Jorge Valero)表示,美国总统唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)的政府正在准备“军事入侵”,并质疑华盛顿是否有道德权威对加拉加斯“发号施令”。

Venezuela has sunk into economic and political turmoil under Maduro's socialist government, with inflation seen rising to 10 million percent this year.


The loss of revenue from the United States, the No. 1 buyer of Venezuelan crude, is sure to further hamper the government's ability to import basic goods like food and medicine, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis that has prompted more than 3 million people to leave the country in recent years.


Argentina’s Mauricio Macri went to Brasilia to meet Bolsonaro, where he condemned the “dictatorship” of Maduro, and accused him—personally—of being responsible for the difficulties in Venezuela. This is harsh language, rhetoric that set in motion a dangerous push toward regime change in Venezuela.