U.S. officials said visas for Chavez's delegation were not denied.
Chavez said he was still considering whether to go to New York after the visas were denied for his bodyguards and the military chief of his security detail. He accused the U.S. government of attempting to undermine his participation in the U.N. summit, which begins today.
The Venezuelan leader said U.S. authorities had also changed the location where his plane was going land ''at the last minute,'' adding that the move was clear evidence of U.S. ''intervention'' in Venezuela's affairs.
U.S. officials have denied the claims as ridiculous.