US Vice President on Venezuela

Pence confronts Venezuelan ambassador at UN: ‘You shouldn’t be here’

In addition, Pence stressed that Washington has a draft United Nations resolution, and the U.S. is seeking its official endorsement from all countries. "You should return to Venezuela and tell Nicolas Maduro that his time is up".

More than 50 countries have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's leader.

"This body should revoke the credentials of Venezuela's representative to the United Nations, recognize interim President Juan Guaido, and seat the representative of the free Venezuelan government in this body without delay", he stated.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of provoking an artificial crisis to oust Maduro and replace him "with their own pawn", actions he described as a "lawless, thuggish violation of global law". Maduro has noted the humanitarian assistance his country has been receiving from its long-time allies, such as China, Russia, Turkey and India as well as the The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

"We call on the United States to once again recognize that the Venezuelan people and other peoples have the right to determine their own future", Nebenzia said. He said the United States would be circulating a resolution that would do this and also stand with the Venezuelan people "as they rise up. against intimidation and violence", and for freedom.

"If you want to make America great again, and we're all sincerely interested in seeing that, stop interfering in the affairs of other states", Nebenzia told U.S. officials.

Pence said Trump has made clear that Russia needs to get out of Venezuela, stressing that Russian aircraft landing in the country and bringing in security or advisory personnel "is just unacceptable". But the Maduro regime is not only a threat to the Venezuelan people; it is a threat to peace and security of the wider region as well.

United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock told the council that there is a "very real humanitarian problem" in the country.

Raw video: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the U.N. Security Council meeting on the crisis in Venezuela. He urged the U.N.to make a distinction between the political and humanitarian questions, and amp up efforts to provide humanitarian relief.

As part of a renewed campaign by the Trump administration to isolate Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo categorized the socialist South American government a "true threat" to US national security.

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