Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has accused Donald Trump’s goverment of plotting to kill him and topple his government.
He told reporters that US National Security Adviser John Bolton was personally involved in the plot, but did not produce any evidence.
President Trump has labelled the leftist leader a dictator and has imposed sanctions.
“John Bolton has been assigned with the job organising my assassination, deploying foreign troops and imposing a transitional government in Venezuela,” he told journalists at the Miraflores presidential palace.
The Venezuelan people were prepared to fight back, with the help of “friendly countries,” he added,
Mr Maduro has previously accused the US government as well as Colombia and the Venezuelan opposition of plotting to kill him.
He blames the US policies and sanctions for the high inflation and shortage of food, medicines and other goods.