USA designates Cuba as 'State Sponsor of Terrorism'_china

13 Janvier, 2021, 23:49 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • U.S. Puts Cuba Back On List Of State Sponsors of Terrorism

In 2015, the Obama administration removed Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, which now includes North Korea, Iran and Syria.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the step, citing Cuba's continued harboring of US fugitives, its refusal to extradite a coterie of Colombian guerrilla commanders and its support for Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro.

"With this measure, we will once again hold the government of Cuba responsible and send a clear message: the Castro regime must end its support for global terrorism and the subversion of American justice", he added.in a press release, referring to former Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro.

'The United States will continue to support the Cuban people in their desire for a democratic government and respect for human rights, including freedom of religion, expression and association'. In May 2015, then Barack Obama administration officially removed Cuba from the list, clearing a major obstacle to reestablishing diplomatic ties between the former Cold War rivals.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the move in a statement, noting Cuba's harboring of USA fugitives as well as its support for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.

The United States has chose to include Cuba to its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, in a statement US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this decision.

Since Saturday, Pompeo has also designated Yemen's Huthi rebels as a terrorist group, defying warnings from aid groups, and relaxed rules on U.S. engagement with Taiwan.

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

Mr Trump has kept up a steady stream of 11th-hour sanctions announcements and other actions against targets, including Cuba, Venezuela and Iran, and Biden aides have said some appear created to tie his hands when he is sworn in next Wednesday.

The head of Cuban diplomacy, Bruno Rodriguez, referred to the activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The Trump administration also imposed sanctions on Venezuelan oil shipments to Cuba.

Providing a legal justification, Pompeo pointed to Cuba's refusal to extradite commanders from Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) over a January 2019 vehicle bombing at a Bogota police academy that killed 22 people.

"The political opportunism of this act is recognized by everyone who has a genuince concern for the scourge of terrorism and its victims". Lacking more specific accusations, the State Department criticized Cuba for its supposed "malign interference in Venezuela and the rest of the Western Hemisphere".

The previous Obama Administration had removed this designation, which subjects Cuba to sanctions that penalise persons and countries engaging in certain trade with it, restricts U.S. foreign assistance, bans defence exports and sales, and imposes certain controls on exports of dual-use items.

Cubans see the blacklist as helping the US justify the long-standing embargo on the island and other economic sanctions that have crippled its economy.

Cuba has said it will not hand them over due to its role mediating between the ELN and government.

Taking Cuba off the list will require a review process that could take months, delaying any new initiatives to roll back Trump-era policies.

Since Trump took office, after a campaign that attacked Obama's moves to normalize relations with Cuba, ties have been increasingly strained.

In May 2020, the State Department added Cuba to a list of countries that do not cooperate with USA counter-terrorism programs.

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