Chavez says United States to face new Vietnam if invades Libya

Venezuela’s outspoken leader Hugo Chavez warned the United States not to interfere in Libya’s domestic affairs.

“If the Yankees… invade Libya, they will face a new Vietnam, and oil prices will soar to $200 per barrel,” Chavez said on national television on Sunday.

The United States lost about 60,000 soldiers in the Vietnam War.

Chavez said a civil war is underway in Libya and added that no one has the right to invade a sovereign state.

Thousands of Libyans have been killed since the first anti-governmental protests broke out on February 15 with people demanding the end of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule.

Chavez reiterated his February 28 call on the international community to establish a mission of intermediaries to settle the Libyan crisis.

MEXICO CITY, March 14 (RIA Novosti)

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