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The Southcom said that its destroyer was carrying out a "freedom of navigation operation."
Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Thursday denounced to the international community that the USS Pinckney (DDG-91) warship sneaked into the "contiguous zone" of this South American country.
"It is an inexcusable act of provocation that aims to undermine our sovereignty and territorial integrity," Arreaza tweeted.
He also stressed that this act of "erratic and childish" provocation is framed in President Donald Trump's attempts to attract the conservative Latino vote in the state of Florida through permanent aggression against Venezuela.
The Bolivarian institutions and National Armed Force "will enforce Venezuela's sacred sovereignty and territorial integrity at all costs under international law, contemplating all the actions it deems necessary, without falling preposterous provocations intended to affect the peace and tranquility of Venezuelans and Latin Americans," Arreaza stressed.