Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said he is still waiting for the "right signals" from the new US administration.
Stephen Sackur asked the leader if he sees a different United States since President Obama came to power.
President Chavez said he hopes the countries can build a good relationship, but he criticised the US's "military imperialism" in Latin America.
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You can watch the full interview with President Chavez on HARDtalk on Tuesday 15th June on the BBC News Channel at 0230, 0430 and 2330 BST and on BBC World News at 0330, 0830, 1530 and 1930 GMT.