Castro denounces U.S. policy on Cuba
HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday denounced President Donald Trump’s tougher line on relations with Havana, calling it a setback but promising to continue working to normalize ties between the former Cold War rivals.
Castro’s comments to Cuba’s National Assembly were his first on Trump’s June announcement of a partial rollback of the Cuba-U.S. detente implemented by then-President Barack Obama.
“Any strategy that seeks to destroy the revolution either through coercion or pressure or through more subtle methods will fail,” Cuba’s president told legislators.
He also rejected any “lessons” on human rights from the U.S., saying Cuba “has a lot to be proud about” on the issue.
Trump announced last month that the U.S. would impose new limits on U.S. travelers to the island and ban any payments to the military-linked conglomerate that controls much of the island’s tourism industry. He said the U.S. would consider lifting those and other restrictions only after Cuba made a series of changes including freeing political prisoners, allowing freedom of assembly and holding free elections.
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