Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro demonstrates his Salt Bae sprinkling technique during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Maduro demonstrated the technique after speaking about the invitation to the famed Nusr-Et steakhouse in Istanbul when he stopped over briefly in Turkey on the way home from a trip to China to raise badly needed investment. Videos of Maduro feasting on a steak is drawing fury from opponents of the embattled socialist leader. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela's Maduro may skip UN meeting over security fears

September 18, 2018 - 1:25 pm

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he may have to suspend a planned trip to the United Nations because of concerns his opponents would try to kill him if he travels abroad.

Maduro said in a press conference Tuesday that he had hoped to attend the U.N. General Assembly next week in New York to combat what he called a hate campaign against his socialist government.

But he said opponents backed by the U.S. continue to look for ways to remove him and that security concerns would be paramount in his decision whether or not to attend.

Two explosives-laden drones attacked Maduro last month as he was delivering a speech to troops. He said authorities have arrested 25 people involved in the plot.

Maduro hasn't attended the UN meeting since 2015.