[News] US Renews Sanctions and Keeps Blockade on Cuba
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Wed Sep 14 12:14:43 EDT 2016
US Renews Sanctions and Keeps Blockade on Cuba
13 September 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama renewed on Tuesday for another year the
Trading with the Enemy Act, extending the economic blockade originally
imposed on Cuba more than 50 years ago.
"I hereby determine that the continuation for one year of the exercise
of those authorities with respect to Cuba is in the national interest of
the United States,” Obama said in a statement.
The restrictions will remain in effect until Sept. 14, 2017.
In Dec. 2014, Obama announced the normalization of relations with Cuba
after more than 50 years of hostilities. The two countries reopened
their respective embassies in July 2015, but the blockade remains in
The law maintains the economic embargo on the island, which ultimately
can only be lifted by the U.S. Congress.
President John F. Kennedy first imposed the economic blockade against
Cuba in 1962. It has since been renewed every year by the following nine
Cuba presented a report last week that claims the U.S. blockade
on the island nation has cost it US$4.7 billion over the last year and
US$753.7 billion over the last six decades.
Last year the U.N. General Assembly voted 191-2 to condemn the U.S.
blockade of Cuba, with only the U.S. and Israel opposed.
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