US government frozen implementation of Helms-Burton Act of embargo against Cuba

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The Trump government has frozen for another six months the implementation of the US embargo against Cuba. The US State Department said it had informed Congress that would continue to postpone the implementation of the Helms-Burton Act concerning property taken by US owners. Under this law, US citizens can use US courts to sue non-US companies operating or dispose of property confiscated after the Cuban Revolution.

This is yet another sign that President Donald Trump does not fully review his predecessor Barack Obama’s policy of opening up relations with Cuba. Last month, Trump announced that he was withdrawing some of the changes introduced by the previous government, but left others intact.

The Helms-Burton Act has been in force since 1996. Recent US presidents have repeatedly frozen its application, each time for six months.

The Cuban President Raul Castro has criticized Trump’s policy of partial withdrawal from opening relations with Havana. In his words, these actions do not take into account the broad public support for this process and would only satisfy a handful of American Cuban hardliners.


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