Blasting News previously covered the civil unrest in Venezuela following a helicopter attack on the Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in June. Kelly, the Herald claims, would not delay the move because he "opposes more sanctions, but because he wants to vet and weigh in on the administration's plan".
Opposition leaders and a growing list of foreign government have refused to recognize the new assembly. Turnout at an anti-government march Friday was one of the smallest in four months of deadly unrest. An astonishing 93 percent of them say they cannot afford the food they need, and three-quarters have lost weight in the past year.
The country's economy is in free fall.
Maduro says the 545-member assembly will bring peace and prosperity to Venezuela. "This regime's disregard for the will of the Venezuelan people is unacceptable, and the United States will stand with them in opposition to tyranny until Venezuela is restored to a peaceful and prosperous democracy".
That decree came Tuesday just hours after the assembly delegates took control of a legislative chamber and put up pictures of the late President Hugo Chavez, who installed Venezuela's socialist system.
Portugal's foreign minister said recently his country always defines its position based on "what is more beneficial and what is more harmful" to the 500,000 Portuguese living in Venezuela.
Dujarric said "at this critical time" the secretary-general is urging negotiations "for the benefit of the Venezuelan people".
Prior to that exchange, US national security adviser H.R. McMaster likened Maduro to Syria's Bashar al-Assad and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
Department spokeswoman Heather Nauer issued a series of tweets on Venezuela Tuesday. All of the rules will be made (and enforced) by Maduro's hand picked slate of lawmakers, subject to the dictator's approval and instructions of course.
To stop the deadly violence that has marred the country since March, negotiations with Maduro should first address what Pope Francis and his Vatican diplomats requested: the creation of a humanitarian corridor to allow relief to flow into the country. "Witnesses spoke of security forces firing tear gas and buckshot at anti-Government protestors without warning".
Voters were not given the option of rejecting the government's plan, and opposition parties boycotted the vote.
The investigators conducted 135 interviews between June 6 and July 31 with victims and their families, witnesses, civil society organisations, journalists, lawyers and doctors, among others. The most prominent example of nuclear proliferation in the post-Cold War era is on the Indian subcontinent.
Although the meeting in Peru was not unanimous 12 out of 17 ministers called Venezuela a "dictatorship". The elections are now scheduled for December, though a new, all-powerful constitutional assembly could still cancel the vote.
In the latest twist, the assembly has passed a law creating a "truth commission", led by Delcy Rodríguez, who also heads the constituent assembly.
Despite growing international criticism, Maduro has remained firm in pressing the constitutional assembly forward in executing his priorities.