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Nevertheless, the United States leader said that all U.S. options are on the table - even the "strong ones", an obvious reference to military action - to help end the Venezuelan socio-economic and political crisis.

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It appeared unlikely, however, that Maduro would cross paths with Trump, despite the USA president's comments earlier in the day that he was willing to meet with his Venezuelan counterpart if it would help ease suffering in the South American nation.

"I'm surrounded by sanctioned (officials)", he said on Tuesday. This $95 million total in humanitarian assistance is complemented by $23.5 million in economic support and development assistance dedicated to Colombia to help boost its capacity to absorb incoming Venezuelans.

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro walks with his wife Cilia Flores upon their arrival at the airport in Beijing, China September 13, 2018. Just last week he had said he would likely skip the meeting (as he did last year) due to security concerns.

"I'm willing to meet with anybody anytime I can [to] save lives, help people", Trump said as he was pummeled by reporters' questions about whether the USA would ever intervene with military to remove Maduro. "In that spirit, we ask the nations gathered here to join us in calling for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela". Trump also suggested Maduro could be easily toppled in a military coup, echoing comments first floated previous year that some sort of "military solution" might be needed to restore Venezuela's democracy.

In particular, Maduro reiterated his claim that the US and Colombia were behind the August 4 explosion of a drone at a military parade in Caracas where he was speaking.

He said the options include "the strong ones and the less than strong ones - and you know what I mean by strong".

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Trump's comments earlier on Wednesday suggested he could meet Maduro, who has been publicly seeking a sit-down with Trump, his ideological foe, since a year ago.

At a news conference, Trudeau steered clear of direct criticism of Trump, and said Canada and the USA share concern about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Colombia's new right-leaning president, Ivan Duque, used the UN General Assembly to call for a tougher approach to change the "dictatorship" of Venezuela as he sought global assistance for neighboring countries to accommodate the migrants.

Treasury said the sanctions could be lifted if the officials "take concrete and meaningful actions to restore democratic order, refuse to take part in human rights abuses, speak out against abuses committed by the government, and combat corruption in Venezuela". "Anytime I can save lives and help people, (even) if it's one life".

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"The Venezuelan leadership needs to know that actions have consequences", Freeland said.

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