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Unformatted text preview: uba, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela."¶ President Nicolas Maduro the handpicked successor to the leftist Chavez then accused Washington of meddling in Venezuela's affairs, condemning its "imperialist attitude."¶ Washington has yet to recognize Maduro's victory in a disputed April election to replace Chavez.¶ State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday she was not aware of Maduro's comments, and she insisted the United States was still committed to improving ties. ¶ "We obviously have not interjected into any election," she said.¶ "We are open to having a positive relationship with Venezuela moving forward. That's what our focus is on, and we still are leaving the door open for that."¶ During his 14 years in power Chavez railed against US "imperialism" and cultivated close ties with Cuba, Iran and Syria.¶ But despite the fact that Washington and Caracas have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010, oilrich Venezuela still exports some 900,000 barrels a day to the Unite...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2013 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor None during the Summer '12 term at University of California, Berkeley.
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