Venezuelan acting president Nicolas Maduro clenches his fist after he was sworn in, in Caracas, on March 8, 2013.

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NEW: A State Department official says the plane was approved to clear U.S. airspace

Venezuelan officials say the U.S. denied airspace permission to their presidential plane

Venezuela's president says the U.S. also denied U.N. delegation visas

Maduro calls the move a "serious offense"

CNN  — 

U.S. officials said Friday that – contrary to earlier Venezuelan government claims – the aircraft of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been granted permission to enter U.S. airspace on Maduro’s flight to China.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said earler Thursday that U.S. officials blocked plans for Maduro’s presidential plane to fly through Puerto Rican airspace, with Jaua describing the move as an aggression.

He described the move as an aggression and called for an explanation from the U.S. State Department.

A senior State Department official told CNN that Jaua’s claim was untrue, saying that the Venezuelans have, in fact, been approved to clear U.S. airspace.

Before the apparent resolution of the situation, Maduro called the matter “a serious offense” during a broadcast on state television.

The Venezuelan president vowed to take action, adding that the United States had also denied visas for several members of his country’s delegation scheduled to attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

“If I have to take diplomatic measures against the U.S. government, I will take them to the most drastic level if it is necessary, but I am not going to accept any type of aggression,” he said.

A State Department official called the visa issue untrue, saying the United States had approved them.

Maduro is scheduled to travel to China on Saturday. Jaua said officials were evaluating alternate routes so that the trip could continue as scheduled.

Maduro accused U.S. officials of being nervous about his country’s growing relationship with China.

“The United States government is not going to stop our trip,” Maduro said.

U.S. officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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