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Venezuela President: Reconciliation with Washington Impossible

He said a thirst for oil motivated both the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and a failed 2002 coup against him

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said reconciliation with Washington was impossible and threatened again to cut off oil shipments to the United States if it supports any effort to oust him.

He said a thirst for oil motivated both the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and a failed 2002 coup against him. Mr. Chavez has often accused the U.S. of being behind the coup, and Washington has repeatedly denied the allegation.

Mr. Chavez also said the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were ``a gift for Bush'' because they enabled him to wage war.

He did say "coexistence'' was possible, but warned: "If there were another aggression against us, there wouldn't be another drop of oil for the United States ... We're prepared for it.''