The American government has been accused by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of manufacturing a crisis as a path towards starting a war in South America, he stated in an interview broadcast on Monday.
"Everything that the United States government has done has been doomed to failure," Maduro told American broadcaster ABC News from the presidential palace in Caracas in remarks translated by the network from Spanish and reported by AFP.
"They are trying to fabricate a crisis to justify political escalation and a military intervention in Venezuela to bring a war to South America," he added.
During the Lima Group meeting which was attended also by Juan Guaido yesterday, US Vice President Mike Pence announced $56 million in aid to Venezuelans, and tougher US sanctions
The US is among some 50 countries that has recognised Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.
In the February 25th interview, Maduro blasted the talks in Bogota as being "politics to attempt to establish a parallel government in Venezuela."
Washington, he said, "wants Venezuela's oil" and is "willing to go to war for that oil."
"The extremist Ku Klux Klan government that Donald Trump directs wants a war over oil, and more than just oil," Maduro said, describing Venezuela as a "pacifist, humble nation."
On the other hand, he stated that a side of him is willing to partake in a "direct dialogue" with the Trump administration.
And when asked if he would allow Guaido to get back into the country, Maduro said: "He has to respect the law."
Guaido "can leave and come back and will have to see the face of justice because justice had prohibited him from him leaving the country."