CARACAS, Thursday July 18, 2013 | Update

US ambassador nominee to the UN vows to fight repression in Venezuela

The US diplomat also undertook to keep sanctions on North Korea and Iran

Samantha Power speaks during her confirmation hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington (AP)
Thursday July 18, 2013  12:36 PM
Samantha Power, the Barack Obama administration's nominee for US ambassador to the United Nations, pledged on Wednesday that if she were ratified for the position, she would strive against "crackdown" in Cuba and Venezuela.

In a confirmation hearing at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Power stressed that her job would include "responding to the crackdown on civil society being carried out in countries like Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela," EFE cited. 

For his part, Democrat Senator Bob Menéndez, the chair of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged Power to focus, as ambassador to the UN, on issues that do not make the headlines very often, as it is the case of freedom of expression in Latin America.

During her intervention, Power also undertook to continue sanctions on North Korea and Iran.
The end of a cycle

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."