US military intervention in Venezuela not imminent: Bolton

Venezuelan opposition leader calls for protests as Maduro offers a new dialogue

The United States, Canada and several Latin American nations have recognized Guaido as the legitimate head-of-state.

Meanwhile, the US Vice President Mike Pence warned at a rally of Venezuelan exiles in Miami, that it is time to take action to end the socialist regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Idriss Jazairy, a special rapporteur focusing on the negative impact of sanctions, expressed concern about "reports" that the US sanctions were "aimed at changing the government of Venezuela".

"Today is the anniversary of 20 years of work, fight, advances and important achievements, despite the difficulties and imperial conspiracies", the president said on twitter.

Life's tough over in Venezuela, where opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself president, much to the chagrin of actual President Nicolas Maduro, who warned of a coup.

The dramatic turn against Maduro's leftist regime culminated quickly, but it came after weeks of behind-the-scenes diplomacy including a hushed meeting in Washington with Guaido, who was quickly recognised by Washington as Venezuela's president.

In a speech to supporters, Maduro said the powerful government-controlled Constituent Assembly would debate calling elections this year for the National Assembly parliament, which is opposition-controlled.

According to an European Union document agreed by foreign ministers on Thursday, the so-called International Contact Group on Venezuela will seek new elections in Venezuela within 90 days through "regular, discreet and structured contacts".

Guaido indicated that there would be no dialogue with Maduro or anyone in his government. Venezuela's chief military attache to the United States also said he was defecting last week. The socialist government of Spain, which has strong historic, cultural and economic ties to Venezuela, has said it will do so on Monday if Maduro doesn't call a general election by Sunday.

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Guaido has said he needs the back of three critical groups - the people, the worldwide community and the military - to oust Maduro, but faces the near-impossible mission to get Venezuela's military on board.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official urged Venezuelan military officials to accept Guaido's offer of amnesty if they backed his claim.

"We want to use our borders to send those foods and medicine", Vecchio said.

"For us Venezuelans, there is only one president - President Nicolas Maduro".

"Such acts of intimidation are seen as very serious, very egregious by the United States", the U.S. official said. The bank has suddenly transformed into a microcosm of the crisis: Some staffers, fearful of getting ensnared in USA sanctions and worn down by the crippling economic collapse, have begun to disregard orders, prompting senior managers loyal to Maduro to oust them.

"I have no quality of life, I can't go out onto the streets, my university is falling apart, they've closed classrooms, there are no teachers", she said.

"This has to do with risk assessment due to Venezuela's current state, not only because of political consequences but due to the impact of sanctions", said Asdrubal Oliveros, director of Ecoanalitica, a consulting firm in Caracas.

Maduro visited China in September, striking energy and gold mining deals as he sought Beijing's support for his crisis-hit nation.

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