Oct 12, 2018 07:14 Asia/Tehran

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the US government on Thursday of seeking to assassinate him.

Iran Press/America: According to Reuters, as relations strain between Washington and Caracas, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised broadcast on Thursday night that the United States had asked the government in neighboring Colombia to kill him.

Venezuelan President vowed that “they will not even touch a single hair of mine.”

Maduro said that he is the victim of an “economic war” led by U.S.-backed adversaries. 

In August, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has survived an assassination attempt with explosive carrying drones.

Two explosives-laden drones flew toward Maduro as he was attending the event, Venezuelan authorities said at the time. When a detonation occurred, soldiers were seen running away in panic. Maduro and his wife as well as top government officials escaped unharmed from the purported assassination attempt.

Venezuelan police have so far arrested a number of suspects whom they accuse of involvement with support from Colombia and from unidentified figures in the US.

US President Donald Trump has imposed economic sanctions on Maduro and members of his cabinet.

There has also been massive inflation, and basic commodities such as foodstuffs and medicine have been short on the market.

The Venezuelan president said that the US, which has imposed sanctions against officials in his government, is orchestrating attempts to topple him as part of a wider offensive against Latin American leaders defying the US hegemony.

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