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    BUENOS AIRES, July 22 (RIA Novosti, Yuri Nikolayev) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned the U.S. that his country would take "appropriate measures" if the White House interfered with the broadcast of the Latin American news channel TELESUR.

    "The Venezuelan government will have to take appropriate measures if the U.S. interferes with the work of the TELESUR TV news channel by jamming its broadcast," Chavez said during a live broadcast on VTV, a Venezuelan TV channel.

    "Our countries might get involved in an electronic war," the president added.

    Chavez said Venezuela might copy Cuba in jamming the broadcast of U.S. radio stations and TV channels.

    This new round of deterioration of relations between Venezuela and the U.S. began after the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment Wednesday allowing the U.S. government to counter the TELESUR broadcast with clear and objective information.

    Earlier, TELESUR Director General and well-known Uruguayan journalist Aram Aronyan told RIA Novosti TELESUR was scheduled to start broadcasting on July 24 to become a "counterweight" to CNN and the BBC in Latin America.

    TELESUR's signal is transmitted through a satellite and can be received in South, Central, and North America, Western Europe, and northern Africa.

    Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, and Cuba jointly founded the new TV network.

    TELESUR already has representation in Columbia, Bolivia, Brazil, and Venezuela and plans to open offices in Argentina, Cuba, Washington, and Mexico.

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