Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced the decision to invoke the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) by the US and 10 other countries as "dangerous", during a press conference at the headquarters of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday.
"Now it is dangerous because the intentions of the countries that are doing it [the activation of TIAR] and, above all, the countries bordering Venezuela imply that they have activated a mechanism, at least theoretically, for a military attack on Venezuela," argued Arreaza.
He assured that Venezuela stood ready to defend itself in light of the TIAR activation, noting, "We will defend our territory with our weapons system, with our Bolivarian National Armed Force and its dignity, with our militia, which surpasses three million militiamen and all Venezuelans.
Arreaza also commented on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement, where he said that the TIAR was invoked in response to what he called Venezuela's "bellicose" military exercises on the border with Colombia.
The Venezuelan foreign minister stressed that "military exercises are nothing more than measures to protect ourselves," before adding that "it is our duty and our constitutional obligation to be able to deploy our military capabilities in the territory where it is most sensitive, which is precisely on the border, and on the border with Colombia."