President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday he would force Spanish businesses in Venezuela to be more accountable due to a spat in which Spanish King Juan Carlos told him to "shut up" during a summit.
"We don't want to damage (relations), but right now I'm reflecting deeply on our political, diplomatic and economic relations with Spain," Chavez said. "That means Spanish companies are going to start being more accountable, and I'm going to watch them to see what it is they are doing here - all the Spanish companies that are here."
He did not elaborate on what that might mean.
The spat began at a summit in Chile on Saturday when Chavez accused former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar of backing a coup that briefly removed him from power in 2002 and repeatedly called Aznar "fascist."
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