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Pence asks UN to expel Venezuelan representative (2nd Lead)

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US Vice has called on the UN to expel the of Venezuelan Nicolas Maduro, while warning that was open to using all options to oust the country's

"This body should revoke the credentials of Venezuela's to the UN, recognise Interim Juan Guaido, and seat the of the free in this body without delay," Pence told the on Wednesday.

"With all due respect, Mr Ambassador, you shouldn't be here," Pence told Venezuela's UN representative, Samuel Moncada"

After accusing Maduro of human rights violations, impoverishing the nation and creating a failed state, Pence said that would use diplomatic and economic means to bring about a peaceful change on government, adding: "All options are on the table."

He said that the US would introduce a resolution in the Council to recognise Guaido as the legitimate president of the oil-rich Latin American nation.

However, it was certain to be vetoed by Russia, whose Permanent Representative sprang to Maduro's defence. "If you want to make great again, then stop interfering" in other countries, he said.

In February, and vetoed a US-sponsored resolution calling for the restoration of democracy in and for humanitarian aid to be allowed in

The would have to decide on expelling Moncada and replacing him with Guaido's representative. The US is unlikely to get the required votes to carry it out.

"The member states are the ones who have the power over the credentials," Antonio Guterres's later told the media. "If there is a challenge, the issue is for the member states themselves to decide."

Last May's has been disputed, with the opposition asserting it was unfair. Massive anti-government protests that broke out are continuing.

Guaido, who is the President proclaimed himself the nation's president and has been recognised by the US and its allies. The has also voted to recognise him as the President.

Earlier at the Council, for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, gave a stark picture of the humanitarian where, he said, nearly a quarter of the population needed help.

He said that has increased and health of the people had deteriorated.

Pence also spoke of the dire conditions of the people and said that was the reason for Maduro to go, especially because he was preventing US humanitarian aid from reaching the people.

China's Permanent Representative said a humanitarian issue should not be used to get non-humanitarian aims.

His country supported Venezuela's efforts to maintain its independence and said the government and the opposition parties should seek a through dialogue, he added.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 11:12 IST