What does Cuba’s removal from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list mean

Cuba Not Off Hook, Despite Removal From US Terror List – Pamela Dockins

Last updated on: May 30, 2015 7:05 AM

An article in the Voice of America by Pamela Dockins gives much needed insight into the depths of the recent decision by the US government.

The article states:

The United States has dropped Cuba from its State Sponsor of Terrorism list but the removal does not clear Havana of all U.S. embargoes and statutory restrictions.

The State Department announced Friday that Cuba had been removed from the blacklist – a designation that it shared with Iran, Syria and Sudan.

In an April statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said “circumstances have changed since 1982,” when Cuba was put on the list because of its “efforts to promote armed revolution by forces in Latin America.”

But Cuba still faces U.S. restrictions on transactions such as exports and foreign trade because of other punitive measures that remain in place.

“In addition to the State Sponsor of Terrorism designation, there is a web of restrictions and sanctions that have been applied over the years and some of them are unrelated to the State Sponsor of Terrorism designation,” said State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke.

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