Venezuela's U.N. ambassador: We have problems but no humanitarian crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations has denied U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's comments that there is a humanitarian crisis occurring in the country.

Last week, the secretary-general said he was "very worried" about Venezuela during a visit to Argentina where he met with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri.

"I'm very worried about the current situation, in which basic goods and services such as food, water, health care and clothes aren't available," Ban said. "This triggers a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela which is created by political instability."

Ambassador Rafael Ramirez called Ban's comments "wrong" and "strange," and questioned where the head of the United Nations received his information.