‘Tanks & missiles must be at ready’ amid threats by US ‘criminal empire’ – Maduro

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has urged the national armed forces “be at ready” to defend the country’s sovereignty and people amid threats by US.

“We have been blatantly threatened by the most criminal empire in the history of mankind,” Maduro said, referring to the US.

The Venezuelan leader delivered a speech at the military parade held at the El Libertador air base in Aragua state in commemoration of the establishment of the Operational Strategic Command of the Venezuelan armed forces.

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He went on to say that the Venezuelan Army has to guarantee the protection and “have the rifles, the missiles and the well-oiled tanks at the ready” to protect “every inch of the national territory.”

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