Caracas has since responded to the threat and is preparing defense measures. | Photo: Reuters
In the 24 hours since U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington is exploring “many options regarding Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary”, the global community has continued to condemn his comments.
In a teleSUR exclusive, the U.S. intellectual Noam Chomsky said the remarks were "shocking and dangerous".
Chomsky believes Trump maybe "painting himself into a corner. It is worth remembering that he is probably following his usual practice of speaking to his base, and trying to ensure that he remains in the limelight, not caring much about real world consequences (except to his pocketbook and image). The best hope is that some of the generals around him, who presumably understand the consequences, will manage to control him."
Ecuador says it "reminds the international community that the declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace implies the commitment of all nations to preserve our common territory free of threats or military interventions of any kind. In this context, it expresses its solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and rejects any threat of possible military intrusion into its territory. Ecuador reiterates the call for dialogue as the only way to solve the situation of the brother Venezuelan people.
The Peruvian government issued a statement saying it "rejects any threat or use of force not authorized by the United Nations Security Council."
Bolivia's President Evo Morales tweeted that Trump had blatantly revealed his interventionist plan adding, "We condemn US armed intervention against Venezuela, a country that seeks peace in a Constitutional dialogue and regional elections."
Morales also accused the right in Venezuela and abroad of being "nosily silent" in their complicity on the issue.
The Colombian government said it rejects military options and the use of force against its neighbor and insists "It is necessary to respect the Charter of the United Nations and international law, and the sovereignty of Venezuela through peaceful solutions."
Trump's threats were renounced by Mexico, echoing Bogota's assertion that a solution would not be found through "internal or external military actions."
Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes announced that his nation does not support military intervention in Venezuela.
"The time for the big stick has passed," he said. "Our path is that of diplomacy, politics and negotiation."
The Southern Common Market, Mercosur, also issued a statement alluding to Trump's threat.
"Mercosur considers that the only acceptable instruments for the promotion of democracy are dialouge and diplomacy," the statement said.
"The repudiation of violence and any option involving the use of force is unavoidable and constitutes the fundamental basis of democratic coexistence, both internally and in international relations."
Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz: Reiterating all of the terms of the Lima Declaration on Venezuela, the government of Chile rejects the threat of military intervention in Venezuela.