U.S. confident of 'peaceable' solution for Venezuela: Pence
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in Buenos Aires on Tuesday he was confident about reaching a "peaceable" solution for Venezuela through economic and diplomatic pressure on the country's president, Nicolas Maduro.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Argentina's center-right President Mauricio Macri, Pence said they had agreed in closed-door talks on the need to keep up pressure on Maduro for elections and the release of political prisoners.
As in Colombia, his first stopover on a Latin American tour, Pence struck a more conciliatory tone than U.S. President Donald Trump, who threatened military intervention in Venezuela last week to resolve the political crisis in the OPEC member.
Still, Pence reiterated that Venezuela was "sliding into dictatorship and the United States would not stand by" while that happened.
"The U.S. has many options and reserves those options in Venezuela," he said.
Macri, a longtime critic of Maduro, said on Tuesday political pressure rather than the use of force was the path forward to address the situation in Venezuela.