Following a proposal from the State Department, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will have to decide in the next few days whether to include Cuba again on the list of countries that the United States claims to sponsor terrorism. The communist country was on the list until President Obama decided to remove it in 2015.
The list of state sponsors of terrorism according to the State Department currently includes three countries: Iran, North Korea, and Syria. The disadvantages of being on the list include strict international sanctions and limits on U.S. foreign collaboration.
Should Pompeo approve the plan, Cuba would join Iran, North Korea, and Syria as the only countries on the U.S. sponsors of terrorism list. It would automatically imply the imposition of sanctions on the communist island.
Cuba was originally added to the list in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan, where it remained until 2015, when President Barack Obama “normalized” relations with the neighboring country.
According to the State Department, the requirements for a country to be added to the list is to have repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism. And the categories of sanctions for those designated are: “restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, a ban on defense exports and sales, certain controls over exports of dual use items, and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.”
There are also other types of sanctions that penalize individuals and countries that engage in certain trade with members of the “state sponsors of terrorism” list.
Given the possibility of a catastrophic scenario, where justice and congressmen do not fulfill their duty and finally the candidate Joe Biden assumes the presidency despite the scandalous electoral fraud, the measure to include Cuba in the list could stop the intentions of the Democratic left to improve relations with the communist country.
Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden previously threatened that if he were to assume the presidency he would reverse President Trump’s policies against the Cuban government.
This year the State Department said Cuba refused to extradite 10 suspects wanted in Colombia for a police academy bombing that killed 22 people and injured dozens more. Authorities also reported that Cuba harbored several American fugitives.
In recent months, President Trump announced new restrictions for Americans traveling to Cuba to limit as much as possible U.S. funding for the island’s communist dictatorial government.
During his speech announcing the restrictions, PresidentTrump was critical of the communist regimes in Latin America and also of the Democratic Obama-Biden administration, which he accused of being complicit in Castro’s dictatorship at the expense of the Cuban people.
Most Cuban Americans are critical of the authoritarian Cuban regime and include themselves with President Trump among the huge number of Hispanic voters in the state of Florida and supported his sanction policies.