April 8, 2019 / 10:48 PM / 7 months ago

Brazil's Bolsonaro says working with U.S. to sow 'dissent' in Venezuela army

FILE PHOTO - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during a promotion ceremony for generals of the armed forces, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday he is working with the U.S. government to sow dissent within the Venezuelan Army.

Bolsonaro, during an interview with Jovem Pan radio, said that if there is a military invasion in Venezuela, he would ask seek the counsel of Brazil’s National Defense Council and Congress on what, if any, action his country should take.

“We cannot allow Venezuela to become a new Cuba or North Korea,” the right-wing president said.

Bolsonaro said that if any military intervention actually deposed Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, it is quite likely that the country would see guerrilla warfare waged by Maduro’s diehard backers and whomever took power.

Reporting by Eduardo Simoes

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