Venezuela's Guaido would probably accept U.S. military intervention if proposed - paper

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In addition, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that "the US will take further action if Cuba continues to receive Venezuelan oil in exchange for military support".

But the US-backed, sanctions-led campaign to install National Assembly head Juan Guaido as interim president has faltered, with most of the military still backing Maduro.

Things are under (Maduro's) control, the government seems to be saying.

'They will have to pay before the courts for the failed coup that they attempted'.

Figuera was going to be fired and arrested at 9:00 am on April 30, and that is what apparently prompted the defector general to set the coup in motion, Maduro said. In a letter circulated after he broke ranks with Maduro, he wrote that his decision was prompted by his desire to "rebuild the country" and fight rampant corruption.

Trump administration officials have repeatedly said that "all options are on the table" to oust Maduro, who calls Guaido a U.S. puppet seeking to oust him in a coup.

Guaido said on Thursday the arrests were part of a bid by Maduro to dismantle the National Assembly legislature, Venezuela's sole opposition-controlled institution but one which had already been rendered powerless by the pro-Maduro Supreme Court.

However, a U.S. Navy admiral has said that he "stands ready" to help Guaido.

In response to Washington's support for Guaido, Maduro announced that he was severing "diplomatic and political" ties with the United States.

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Zambrano's arrest marks the first of an opposition politician since Guaido tried to instigate a military uprising against Maduro last week that ultimately fizzled out.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday the Trump administration would soon sanction the 25 remaining members of the court.

"We have instructed ourambassador Carlos Vecchio to meetwith Southern Commandin order to establish cooperation relations", he said through Twitter.

His initial "historic moment" was back in January, when the previously little-known opposition politician, who mostly stayed in the shadow of his prominent political "mentor", Leopoldo Lopez, declared himself an "interim president" of Venezuela and nearly immediately received support from Washington and its allies.

On Saturday, Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino lashed out at what he said was an illegal incursion by a US Coast Guard vessel into Venezuelan territorial waters.

Trump's dissatisfaction lies with National Security Advisor John Bolton, who the president has said wants to get the U.S.

The latest regime actions ratcheted up tensions ahead of a national demonstration Guaido called for Saturday to reject measures taken by the Supreme Court against opposition lawmakers.

"He was captured by the Central Intelligence Agency a year ago and was working as a traitor, mole and infiltrator", Maduro said of Cristopher Figuera, who has defected to the opposition.

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