Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said US President Barack Obama does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.
Chavez said that he believes Obama did not make any notable accomplishments to merit winning the prize, saying that rather than promote peace the US president is continuing the warlike policies of predecessor George W. Bush.
Chavez and Obama had a cordial first encounter at a summit in April, but the Venezuelan leader has become increasingly critical of Obama.
In a Sunday newspaper column, Chavez said the Norwegian Nobel committee "forgot about his determination to continue battles in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Chavez also criticized Obama for pursuing an agreement that would allow the US military to increase its presence at Colombian bases.