Cuban FM recalls formalization of U.S. blockade 62 years ago

Cuban Foreign Minister recalls when the US blockade was officially imposed on Cuba

Havana, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez on Saturday recalled the formalization of the hostile and unjust blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba 62 years ago, which he described as genocidal.

On X, the Cuban diplomat claimed that Washington’s hostile policy achieves no objective of overthrowing the Cuban Revolution but has caused severe and immoral damage to the Cuban people.

On February 3, 1962, then President John F. Kennedy issued Proclamation 3447, which decreed a total “embargo” of trade against Cuba with the justification of the US rapprochement with the socialist community.

Since then, the economic stifling measure has tightened as central axis of the strategy aimed at restricting legitimate right of Cubans to defend their sovereignty and forge an emancipatory project.

Such provisions limit the possibilities of economic development by hindering trade relations with third countries, as well as banking and financial operations, curbing foreign investment and cutting off all sources of income.

The damage caused by the blockade in these more than six decades, based on the value of gold, amounts to over USD$1,3 billion, immeasurable figures for any economy in the world, according to the most recent report presented by Cuba at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Such a policy has a lethal impact with direct and indirect economic damages and also seeks to deprive Cuba of the financial income that is indispensable for acquiring food, technologies, supplies, as well as causing losses to tourism.

The blockade against Cuba is considered the most complex, prolonged and inhumane act of economic warfare committed against any nation.

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