Jan. 11 (UPI) — The U.S. State Division introduced Monday that it was redesignating Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, additional reversing a 2015 Obama-era marketing campaign to enhance relations in between the 2 nations.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduced the transfer within the remaining days of the Trump administration, blaming Cuba “for repeatedly offering help for acts of worldwide terrorism in granting secure harbor to terrorists.”
Pompeo mentioned the Cuban authorities engaged in “malign interference in Venezuela and the remainder of the Western Hemisphere.”
The transfer will penalize U.S. firms for making enterprise offers in Cuba and likewise restricts U.S. overseas help, bans protection exports and gross sales, and imposes controls on some exports, the State Division mentioned.
In June, the Trump administration labored to ban U.S. cruise ships from docking in Cuba. In August, the U.S. suspended constitution flights to Cuba.
The late-term transfer to return Cuba to a pariah state was criticized as a means for departing Trump officers to throw a wrench into the incoming Biden administration’s acknowledged targets for a “reset” to normalize relations with Havana.
“Secretary Pompeo has self-righteously defended Donald Trump’s worst overseas coverage failures, and on his means out the door he appears intent on making issues as tough as doable for his successor,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., mentioned in a press release Monday.
Cuba’s International Minister Bruno Rodriguez referred to as the transfer “political opportunism” in a tweet.
Biden served as vice chairman through the Obama administration, which eliminated Cuba from the terrorism listing in 2015 as a part of an total marketing campaign to enhance enterprise and political ties to the island nation.
Ben Rhodes, Obama’s former deputy nationwide safety adviser, referred to as Monday’s determination “politicized rubbish meant to tie the fingers of an administration that takes energy in 10 days.”
Presently, the one nations on the state division’s terrorism blacklist are Iran, Syria and North Korea. Sudan was eliminated in 2020 as a part of the Trump administration’s peace agreements brokered within the Center East.