US Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday night during a press conference in Colombia that Venezuela is on its way to becoming a dictatorship and warned: “The United States will not stand by.”

Clashes in Venezuela

Clashes in Venezuela Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

US Vice President Mike Pence, who began his tour of Latin America Sunday night, landed in Colombia and held a press conference with President Juan Manuel Santos. During the press conference, Pence addressed the growing tensions prevailing between the US and Venezuela amid the growing protests in the country and the referendum results that were called into question, which increased President Nicolas Maduro power over the state.

Pence indirectly criticized Maduro without mentioning his name by saying that Venezuela is “sliding into dictatorship.” Pence also added that the US has “many options for Venezuela,” but said he believes that the political crisis can be resolved in peaceful ways.

“We all live in the same neighborhood – we succeed when our neighbors succeed – we suffer when our neighbors suffer,” Pence tweeted shortly thereafter. “The United States will not rest and will not relent until Venezuela is restored to a full and prosperous democracy.”

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Trump and Pence Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Three days ago, US President Donald Trump said in response to the formation of the Constituent Assembly that he had not ruled out military action in Venezuela, and Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino condemned the statements.