US' embargo on Cuba comes under fire

By Min Chol

Recently, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on a state-run oil export-import corporation of Cuba on the pretext that it imported oil from Venezuela.

The US froze the company's assets in its territory and added on the sanctions list several vessels transporting oil from Venezuela to Cuba.

The Cuban government denounced the US for playing on Cuba's support of Venezuela to justify its sanctions, and announced that it would not succumb to the US' unilateral sanctions.

As is already known, the US has persistently pursued the policy of hostility toward the country since the victorious Cuban revolution in 1959.

This year alone, it invoked the notorious Helmz-Burton Act against Cuba and decided to appropriate tens of millions of dollars for the 2020 plan for overthrowing the Cuban government.

Owing to the US' tenacious financial blockade and trade embargo, Cuba has so far sustained a huge economic loss.

In the "2019 Trafficking in Persons Report", the US branded Cuba as a "modern version of human trafficking state" in a bid to mar its international image and imposed a ban on Cuba-bound trip.

Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, president of the Council of State and president of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, stated that his country is not afraid of US threat and sanctions and called on the people to press on with economic construction so as to overcome the enemy's tightened blockade.

The international community is opposed to the US' persistent blockade, giving voice to their support of the Cuban people.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reaffirmed support to Cuba's just struggle against foreign intervention and blockade and its socialist cause, noting China would intensify cooperation with Cuba in various fields.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Cuba's experience shows that the US' policy of coercion in international relations is doomed to failure and pressure based on force is unpromising, adding Russia absolutely supports the just demand of the Cuban government for ending the blockade at once.

The chairman of the World Peace Council described the Cuban revolution as a 60-year-long struggle for smashing the barbarous blockade of the US, noting that the Cuban people will emerge victorious as they are advancing under the banner of self-determination and self-defence.

The Caribbean community in its statement criticized the US for applying such extraterritorial laws as the Helms-Burton Act that conflict with international law.

Meanwhile, Vietnam, Angola and many other countries are strengthening ties with Cuba in different fields.

(Pyongyang Times - July 31, 2019)

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