Tuesday, January 12, 2021

US designates Cuba as 'State Sponsor of Terrorism' - China.org.cn

The United States added Cuba to the list of "State Sponsor of Terrorism" on Monday, a move to constrain the incoming Joe Biden administration's efforts to improve relations with Havana.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that Cuba was designated for "repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to terrorists."

The statement cited that Cuba harbored several U.S. fugitives from justice and supported Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro government that "created a permissive environment for international terrorists to live and thrive within Venezuela."

According to the statement, the designation would result in sanctions that penalize persons and countries engaging in certain trade with Cuba, restricts U.S. foreign assistance, bans defense exports and sales, and imposes certain controls on exports of dual-use items.

In addition to Cuba, the State Department currently lists Syria, Iran, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as state sponsors of terrorism.

The action by the outgoing administration of Donald Trump has immediately drawn condemnation from Cuba and Democrats at home.

"We condemn the U.S. announced hypocritical and cynical designation of #Cuba as a State sponsoring terrorism. The U.S. political opportunism is recognized by those who are honestly concerned about the scourge of terrorism and its victims," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez tweeted.

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