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Mexico Threatens to Break Diplomatic Ties with Venezuela


Venezuela and Mexico are recalling each others ambassadors, amid an escalating dispute between the countries' presidents. Venezuela has ordered the withdrawal of its ambassador to Mexico.

Mexican President Vicente Fox said on U.S. television (CNN) Monday that his country would also recall its ambassador. Mr. Fox said he will not accept verbal attacks made on him by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Mr. Chavez used his Sunday radio and television show to criticize Mr. Fox after last week's Summit of the Americas, saying Mr. Fox was the U.S. government's "cub" for supporting a U.S.-proposed Western Hemisphere free trade zone.

Today, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez rejected Mexico's demand that Venezuela apologize for the comments.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP

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