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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends an event with supporters at Plaza Bolivar square in downtown Caracas, Venezuela February 1, 2018. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

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CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela described as "outrageous" on Friday comments by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Venezuela's military could decide to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said Tillerson, who is embarking on a tour of Latin America, was holding a "publicity stunt" to try and persuade other nations to "intervene" in the South American OPEC nation to topple the socialist government.

(Reporting by Caracas newsroom; Writing Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Chizu Nomiyama)

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