Cuba removed from U.S. list of terror sponsors

Cuba was added in 1982 to a list that currently includes Iran, Syria and Sudan.

Cuba has officially been removed from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The announcement comes as American and Cuban officials who met last week in Washington D.C. for a fourth round of talks hit some speed bumps an agreement on fully restoring diplomatic ties and opening embassies.

The State Department announced its intention to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List last month.

“For 55 years, we tried using isolation to bring about change in Cuba”.

For 33 years, Cuba has occupied a spot on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism – a place reserved for nations that repeatedly provide support for international acts of premeditated, politically motivated violence against non-combatants. She says it’s a step toward “creating new opportunities for American businesses”, and for “strengthening family ties”.

“The communist dictatorship has offered no assurances it will address its long record of repression and human rights abuses at home”, Boehner said in a statement. “Today’s news is further evidence that President Obama seems more interested in capitulating to our adversaries than in confronting them”. Cuba was formally taken off from the list today, 45 days after the Obama administration told Congress it was planning to take that step. Joanne Chesimard, now known as Assata Shakur, has lived on the island since the 1980s.

Cuba had cited its designation as a state terrorism sponsor as an obstacle to re-establishing diplomatic relations and upgrading their so-called interests sections in Havana and Washington into full-blown embassies.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, praised the move, saying that the State Department had “removed the burden of an outdated, outmoded strategy”.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest downplayed Boehner’s concern, saying that “there continue to be issues that need to be worked out”, but that recent discussion have seen “important progress”. “But that obviously is among the next milestones here”.

Removal from the terror sponsor list has been a key demand from Cuba. The Cuban government denounced the measures, saying they were “politically motivated” and a “hostile action” by the United States.

Long road: Cuba and the U.S. have been at odds, and Havana isolated from much of the world community, since former President Fidel Castro deposed U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

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