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        <h1 id="reader-title">US Renews Sanctions and Keeps Blockade on
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              <p> 13 September 2016 <br>
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              <p>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. </p>
              <p>"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. </p>
              <p>The restrictions will remain in effect until Sept. 14,
                2017. </p>
              <p>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
                effect. </p>
              <p>The law maintains the economic embargo on the island,
                which ultimately can only be lifted by the U.S.
                Congress. </p>
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              <p>President John F. Kennedy first imposed the economic
                blockade against Cuba in 1962. It has since been renewed
                every year by the following nine presidents. </p>
              <p>​​​​​​​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. </p>
              <p>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. </p>
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