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Pompeo calls on OAS to oust Venezuela

Pompeo said the US welcomed Venezuela's recent release of American prisoner Joshua Holt but that the country had "demonstrated unmistakable bad faith," and he dismissed last month's elections, which returned President Nicolas Maduro to power, as a "sham."

'Apply additional pressure'

Pompeo also mentioned Cuba in his remarks, saying there is growing demand for change there as young people demand opportunities.

5 reasons why we should care about the crisis in Venezuela
The Trump administration has been steadily ratcheting up the economic pressure on Venezuela, announcing new measures May 21 after Maduro won a second term. The oil rich nation's economy has collapsed, and around 1.5 million Venezuelans have fled for neighboring countries as basic goods have become increasingly scarce.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza responded to Pompeo's call, accusing the US of attempting a coup d'état and blaming the country's profound humanitarian crisis on Washington.

"The United States has been perpetrating a coup d'état against us for 20 years," Arreaza said. "I won't go on, but economic sanctions have been posed, not just individually rather also on our economy. Now it is difficult to buy medicines, to buy foodstuffs. This is the fault of the United States" and other countries that follow its lead, he said.

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