Venezuela government is all set to wage total war against the US, Socialist Party Diosdada Ca Cabello said on Saturday.
Cabello warned that if US marines invade the country, they will never get away, Efe news reported.
His words came after the strategic operational command of the Venezuelan armed forces reported another violation of the country’s air space by a US spy plane, the third to be reported this month, which the government called a “clear offence” against the country and the world.
During a meeting of lawmakers as part of the 25th Sao Paulo Forum being held in Caracas, Cabello said, “We are ready these days, and we say that without arrogance, but if they want it, they can have it – a total war of all our people in defense of our country and our peace”.
“They should know it and do know it,” he further said.
“It is probable that US marines” will enter Venezuela, an alarm he had previously sounded”, he added.
Venezuela and the US have had tense relations almost since the day Chavismo came to power in 1999, but the tension got worse last January when the Donald Trump government acknowledged opposition leader and speaker of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as interim president, as did 53 other nations.
This recognition of Guaido is part of a US move that began six months ago to depose Maduro, whom the Trump government has asked on multiple occasions to step aside and call “free and transparent” elections.
Earlier this month, Venezuelan government urged the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet to intervene against the US trade and financial sanctions which are undermining Venezuela’s economy.
Venezuela is also the victim of attempted coups, assassination plots and sabotage of key industries, such as oil and electricity.