Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Chavez Dares US to Cut Diplomatic Ties

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has dared the United States to cut off diplomatic ties over his opposition to Washington's choice of ambassador.

In a national television broadcast on Tuesday, Chavez said he has no problem with the US wanting to cut off diplomatic relations and expelling Caracas' ambassador to Washington.

Tensions have flared up between the United States and Venezuela since August after US President Barack Obama nominated Larry Palmer as the US new ambassador to Caracas.

But Chavez has insisted that Palmer is not welcome after the diplomat leveled harsh criticism against Venezuela during his US Senate confirmation hearings months ago.'


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