Venezuela VP: contacts with US diplomats distorted

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Associated Press

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 3 at 9:33 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's vice president says that reports of recent contacts between U.S. and Venezuelan diplomats have been distorted and that President Hugo Chavez authorized the conversations.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro says on television that "manipulations" have appeared in recent news articles.

Maduro didn't go into details on Thursday. But some recent stories have raised questions about whether contacts between U.S. and Venezuelan diplomats could potentially lead to an improvement in long-strained relations if Chavez's health continues to worsen.

In Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said earlier Thursday that the U.S. government is seeking a more productive relationship with Venezuela and is open to dialogue.

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