Cuba named state sponsor of terrorism by Trump administration

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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is putting Cuba back on the list of countries considered to be sponsor states of terrorism, a senior US official said, overturning a 2015 decision by the Obama administration to unfreeze ties with the former opponent of the cold War.
The redesignation, to be announced Monday, could complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s efforts to improve ties with Havana. It is the latest in a series of foreign policy steps the administration has taken in recent days to try to lock in policies before stepping down.
The State Department list to which Cuba is added includes Syria, Iran, and North Korea. Cuba was removed from this list in 2015 as the Obama administration sought to forge ties with the country, as part of a campaign that included strengthening commercial air travel, reopening embassies and a visit by President Obama. in the country.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to argue that this decision is justified because Cuba gave refuge to an American convicted of killing a New Jersey state soldier in 1973 and cite other complaints against the Cuban government.
An official administration statement explaining the decision is expected to be released later Monday.

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