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U.S. expels two Venezuelan diplomats

March 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- The United States has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats in response to the expulsion of two U.S. officials, a U.S. official said Monday.

Orlando Jose Montanez Olivares and Victor Camacaro Mata were ordered to leave the country during the weekend, CNN reported. The expulsions were issued after Venezuelan officials last week expelled two U.S. Embassy officials and accused them of plotting against the government.

The U.S. State Department has denied the Venezuelan accusations.

A State Department official said the expulsion of the Venezuelan diplomats was a commensurate response to Venezuela's action, The Washington Post reported.

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