U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is thinking of adding Cuba to the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, which already includes Iran, North Korea and Syria.
Such a proposal was allegedly made by State Department officials. Pompeo, in turn, must decide whether to approve the plan to include Cuba on the list of countries sponsoring terrorism. So far, sources are not sure how he will proceed.
The New York Times suggests that the move would entail the imposition of U.S. sanctions against the Cuban authorities, which would only complicate the work of President-elect Joe Biden. The Democrat has repeatedly criticized the Donald Trump administration’s harsh policies toward the island, which will make him want to remove the country from the list of sponsors of terrorism. However, this process will take several months.
In response to the newspaper’s questions, a State Department spokeswoman said she would not comment on “discussions or potential decisions” regarding the list. The White House also declined to respond to questions about the publication.
Trump and his supporters have recently been trying to make decisions that will influence U.S. policy under Biden in the first months of his administration. In particular, the White House has discussed increasing sanctions on China and Iran.
The states severed diplomatic ties with Cuba in 1961 in response to the nationalization of U.S. property. After that, Washington announced the introduction of a trade and economic embargo. Former U.S. President Barack Obama announced the normalization of bilateral relations in 2014, but the rapprochement ended in January 2017, when Donald Trump took over the U.S. presidency.