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'Stupid' US sanctions won't undo my government: Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the broadcast of a TV programme at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on December 11, 2014 in this photo from the PresidenciaPresident Nicolas Maduro charged Saturday that tighter, “stupid” new US sanctions are just further straining to undermine military staff loyalty after Venezuela derailed a bid to oust him. “These sanctions are a threat — to see if they can break the morale of leaders of our armed forces … in March, I announced that we put down an attempted coup d’etat, thanks to our brass’ loyalty,” Maduro said at a speech in Caracas. The tighter US sanctions freeze assets and deny visas to Venezuelan authorities responsible for violence and political detentions triggered by the protests. On Saturday, Maduro — the general elected to succeed late longtime President Hugo Chavez — also suggested involvement by the US embassy in the June plot to topple him, which he said aimed to use a Venezuelan military aircraft to bomb Caracas targets.

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