VENEZUELA'S President Nicolas Maduro has claimed the United States is plotting to assassinate him.
The US, as well as other EU nations and the majority of Latin American countries have rejected the May 20 election that Maduro won by a landslide as a sham.
The US Defence Secretary James Mattis has described Maduro as a “despot” who must let go of power.
In November, a United Nations report revealed three million people from the country had fled to neighbouring South American countries since 2015 in a bid to find a better future.
Washington has increased its punitive measures against Venezuela as Maduro continues to crack down on his political opponents.