Cas­tro de­nounces U.S. pol­icy on Cuba

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

AP/The Cana­dian Press/JEFF McINTOSH

Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau meets with fes­ti­val dancers Satur­day at the Cal­gary Stam­pede, an an­nual rodeo and ex­hi­bi­tion in Cal­gary, Al­berta.

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