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Hugo Chavez called for reform of the United Nations in his speech Wednesday to its General Assembly. ((Mary Altaffer/Associated Press))

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez continued his war of words with George W. Bush on Wednesday, referring tothe U.S. president as "the devil" duringan addressto the United Nations General Assembly.

"The devil came here yesterday," Chavez said, drawing some applause and laughter as he made the sign of the cross on his chest, "and it smells of sulphur still today."

Chavez said Bush, who addressed the assembly onWednesday,spoke tointernational leaders"as the owner of the world, truly as the owner of the world."

The leftist leader, a frequent critic of the Bush administration,accused Washington of "domination, exploitation and pillage of peoples of the world."

"We appeal to the people of the United States and the world to halt this threat, which is like a sword hanging over our head," he said.

Chavez also said the UN "doesn't work" anddescribedit as"anti-democratic."

"Venezuela once again proposes today that we reform the United Nations," he said.

He added thatWashington's "immoral veto" had allowed recent Israeli bombings of Lebanon to continue unabated for more than a month.

Chavez is angry thatthe U.S. is trying to block Venezuela's campaign for a seat on the U.N. Security Council.

With files from the Associated Press