US Vice President Pence to visit Guatemala volcano victims: White House

WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit volcano victims in Guatemala as part of a three-nation trip at the end of the month aimed at building Latin American ties and pressuring Venezuela, a White House official said on Thursday.

Pence is scheduled to head to Brasilia during the last week of June, followed by a stop in the northern Amazonian city of Manaus, which is grappling with refugees who have fled Venezuela's economic crisis, the official said.

Pence has led the U.S. diplomatic push to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the socialist leader who the Trump administration blames for the deep recession and hyperinflation that have caused shortages of food and medicine in the once oil-rich nation.

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A dog walks past trees covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Onions are seen at a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A refrigerator lies inside a kitchen of a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A kitchen of a house is covered in ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A toy covered with ash lies inside a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Kitchen shelves are covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A window of a house is covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A window of a house is covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A radio covered with ash is seen after the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Car radios are covered in ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A terrace of a house is covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A hammock covered with ash hangs afters the eruption of the Fuego volcano in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Toys covered with ash lie on top of a roof of a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A bicycle covered with ash lies outside a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Banana leafs covered with ash are seen in the area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A house covered with ash is seen after the eruption of the Fuego volcano in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A drum covered with ash lies outside a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A guitar is seen on top of a roof of a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Volcanic rocks are spread around an area that got buried after the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A dead parakeet is seen outside a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A burned tree covered with ash stands in an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Books and a toy lie on the ground at a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Wood covered with ash is seen after the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A car sunk in ash is seen in an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Pages of a burned Bible are seen in an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A car is seen covered in ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Wall decorations covered with ash hang in a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A blanket lies on a chair inside a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Clothes covered with ash hang on washing lines outside a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A bathroom covered with ash is seen inside a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A shoe covered with ash lies inside a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Toothbrushes are seen in a house affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A dead cow is seen in an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "VOLCANO DETAILS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Washington has stepped up economic sanctions against individuals connected to Maduro and refused to recognize his re-election in a May 20 vote. Both countries have expelled each others' diplomats.

Trump has considered more sanctions on services related to oil shipments from the OPEC member nation, but so far has not opted to act on those.

During the past year, Pence has visited leaders in Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Panama and Peru. At the end of June, he will also visit Quito, Ecuador, before stopping in Guatemala.

At least 109 people were killed by a massive eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano on June 3 that buried villagers in scalding ash and left nearly 200 missing.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Bill Berkrot)

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