Venezuela slams US a day after 'cordial' talks with top US diplomat

October 2, 2007 21:45

A day after holding rare talks with a top US envoy, Venezuela's foreign minister railed against the United States on Tuesday for the "death and destruction" in Iraq and warned the world not to allow a similar war with Iran. Nicolas Maduro's fiery speech before the UN. General Assembly contrasted with the Venezuelan government's description of his "cordial meeting" with Thomas Shannon, the top US envoy for the Americas. The two discussed a possible visit by Shannon to Venezuela. Relations between the two countries have been tense for years. The United States accuses President Hugo Chavez of being a threat to stability in Latin America, and the Venezuelan leader is constantly criticizing US "imperialism" under President George W. Bush.

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