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Pence vows more pressure on Maduro

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Published on February 2, 2019 - Duration: 02:10s

Pence vows more pressure on Maduro

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Friday listened to harrowing stories in Florida of deprivation, torture and escape from Venezuelans who fled their homeland, and pledged to ramp up pressure to help the opposition trying to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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Pence vows more pressure on Maduro

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Friday listened to harrowing stories of deprivation, torture and escape from Venezuelans who fled their homeland, and pledged to ramp up pressure to help the opposition trying to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

In a visit to the largest community of Venezuelan exiles in the United States - and flanked by four prominent Florida Republican politicians - Pence categorically rejected calls for talks with Maduro, and warned all options were on the table to force him to leave.

"This is no time for dialogue.

This is time for action," Pence told a few hundred people at a rally in a local church, many of whom waved Venezuelan flags and shouted "Libertad!" "The time has come to end the Maduro dictatorship once and for all," said Pence, who has emerged as one of the strongest voices against the Venezuelan leader in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

The U.S. government has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

Most Latin American countries have done so as well, while European governments are also throwing their support behind Guaido, albeit more cautiously.

Russia and China, among others, back Maduro, who has said National Assembly head Guaido's self-declared claim to the presidency is an attempted U.S.-backed coup.

Maduro, who began a second term last month after 2018 elections dismissed by the West as a sham, has said he would be ready for talks with the opposition.

Some countries, including Mexico and Uruguay, have offered to mediate.

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