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North Korea’s foreign affairs ministry issued a statement Monday in defense of Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, stating that support for legitimate President Juan Guaidó was “an extremely dangerous act of violence” and part of a sinister American plot.
North Korea has long been an ally to late dictator Hugo Chávez and, now, Maduro, routinely signing political agreements with Caracas and condemning those who highlight the brutality of the Maduro regime. North Korea itself has half a century of history imposing famine and countless human rights abuses on its population, believed to still be home to forced labor camps housing over 100,000 people.
Venezuela - Crisis - History - Claims - Guaidó
Venezuela is currently undergoing the most severe political crisis in its history, exacerbated by claims by Guaidó last week that the nation’s military had finally stopped taking orders from Maduro and accepted him as their commander in chief. As of press time, the reality on the ground is more complicated: some soldiers did defect to Guaidó, but the nation’s senior military leadership still backs Maduro and has ordered the use of military force against unarmed civilians who protest the regime.
North Korea adopted the Maduro regime’s incorrect description of Guaidó’s call for an uprising a “coup” and urged the United States, which has no known military presence on the ground in Venezuela, to cease intimidating Maduro.
Coup - D'état - Attempt - Act - Violence
“The latest coup d’état attempt is an extremely dangerous act of violence that pushes the Venezuelan situation to an utmost instability, having a highly negative impact on the overall situation in the region,” the North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
“The situation in Venezuela is being aggravated day by day, because the internal anti-government forces are launching, with the support of the outside forces, a campaign against the president from January and the hostile forces...
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