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Cuban Ambassador to Japan says U.S. embargo caused 4.3 billion dollars in damage

  • October 6, 2019
  • , Akahata , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

Cuban Ambassador to Japan Carlos Miguel Pereira held a press conference at this embassy in Tokyo on Oct. 4 and said Cuba had sustained damage amounting 4.3 billion dollars (463.8 billion yen) from April 2018 to March 2019 due to unjust economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. The total cost of the damage from 1962 amounted to about 138.8 billion dollars (14.82 trillion yen).

 

Ambassador Pereira noted that U.S. restrictions on money remittances and travel to Cuba are seriously impacting the lives of Cubans. “It is difficult to give a quantitative figure for the damage, but the actual damage is greater than what is reported.”

 

The U.S. restored diplomatic ties with Cuba under the Obama administration in 2015 and partially eased its economic sanctions. But when the Trump administration came to office in 2017, the U.S. tightened its embargo policy against Cuba. As a result, the total cost of the damage reached 4.3 billion dollars for two years in a row.

 

Ambassador Pereira also explained the new constitution, which was endorsed by a national referendum in February and went into force on April 10.

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