Maduro responded to Obama’s move by telling the U.S. to reduce the size of its embassy, and also putting in place new visa requirements for Americans. He also appointed one of the blacklisted officials to be his minister of interior, shoring up support at home by saying his nation will “never kneel before this arrogant empire.”

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/live-news/articles/2015/3/16/us-venezuela-relations-sour-after-recent-spat.html – 3/16/2015

A Twitter account Iran experts believe is run by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday “arrogant” powers had tried hard to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees but had failed.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Khamenei-Arrogant-world-powers-failed-to-bring-Iran-to-its-knees-382777 – 11/25/2014

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