Washington | In an interview with US Secretary of State Mike Pompey on Tuesday, he described Cuba as likely to return to the blacklist of countries that support terrorism, calling the Communist island “evil.”
In a Bloomberg broadcast, the department confirmed that it wanted to carry out the request before the Secretary of State resigned on January 20, thereby hurting the Biden administration in the future. Diplomatic talks with Cuba.
“We are not moving forward on decisions to be made on status, but the world has already seen Cuba’s evil hand in many places,” Mike Pompeo said.
“It is perfectly appropriate for us to question whether Cuba actually supports terrorism,” Pompeo said.
“If, like other countries that provide physical assistance to terrorists, (Cuba) should also be so designated and dealt with in accordance with its conduct,” he said.
President Barack Obama removed Cuba from the list of countries that support terrorism in 2015, severely restricting foreign investment. He said at the time that US attempts to separate Cuba for 50 years had failed.
Donald Trump has supported a number of statements made by his predecessor to the Communist island, gaining significant electoral support in Florida, a key state in the US presidential election.
President-elect Joe Biden has indicated that he would like to at least return to the talks that began during the Obama administration, and that Cuban-Americans in particular should be allowed to visit their families and send money.
Joe Biden could remove Cuba from the blacklist, but not immediately, as the State Department would then have to formally review the situation.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez condemned Mike Pompey’s “vicious political attacks” on Twitter on Monday, saying they were aimed at “punishing and hurting the people”.
Only three states – Iran, North Korea and Syria – have been on the list of countries supporting terrorism since the Trump administration withdrew in December 2020. Sudan.