Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said the critical remarks made by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director represented "another aggression" launched by the United States against the South American country.
Earlier on Tuesday, CIA director John Negroponte told the U.S. Senate that Chavez "is spending hundreds of millions of dollars in an extravagant foreign policy" instead of fighting poverty. He also said that were Chavez reelected this year, he would stifle Venezuelan democracy.
Rangel denied the claims, saying Venezuela is spending petrol company profits to lift the country out of poverty and is having "unquestionable success that is noted all over the world."
Negroponte is "a shady character," said Rangel, adding that the U.S. official has been involved in human rights violations and drug trafficking in Honduras.
U.S.-Venezuelan relations hit a new low earlier this month after the Venezuelan authorities accused a U.S. naval attache at the embassy in Caracas of spying and expelled him from the country. Washington responded by expelling a Venezuelan diplomat.
Source: Xinhuakdo was occupied by force as part of a war of invasion is being remembered," said Roh.
The Yasukuni Shrine honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including a score of World War II war criminals.
Dokdo, named Takeshima in Japanese, is a disputed small islet located in the Sea of Japan (called East Sea in South Korea). Both of the countries claim the islet their own territory.
"In this regard, it is natural for South Korean people to be concerned whether Japan would justify its history of invasion and colonization and take the path of hegemony once again," said Roh.
Roh also pointed out Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's view that his visits to the Yasukuni Shrine were not something other countries should interfere in is not a correct one.
Roh underscored an act of a nation's leader should be judged by the standard whether such act is proper in light of "universal conscience and historical experience," not by "explanations offered by him or her."
"If Japan wants to become 'an ordinary country' and even 'a leading country in the world,' it should try to win the trust of the international community by acting in conformity with universal standards for conscience and decency rather than seeking to amend laws and reinforcing its military power," Roh said.
Seoul-Tokyo ties have remained strained since last year due to various pending issues. Roh even canceled his bi-annual summit with Koizumi which should be held in late 2005.