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Cuba Officially Removed From U.S. State Sponsor of Terrorism List

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After 45-day review, move clears hurdle for reestablishing diplomatic ties

A woman walks past graffiti of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and a Cuban flag in Havana on Thursday.
A woman walks past graffiti of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and a Cuban flag in Havana on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

President Barack Obama recommended to Congress last month that Cuba be removed from the U.S. list, triggering a 45-day congressional notification period in which lawmakers could have challenged the decision. Though Mr. Obama’s Cuba policy has opponents on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers didn’t take steps to do challenge it.

“The rescission of Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said. “While the U.S. has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a state sponsor of terrorism designation.”

The Cubans have pointed to the terrorism designation as a barrier to going ahead with plans to re-open embassies. Countries on the list are banned from U.S. arms and exports sales as well as from U.S. economic assistance, and face a wide variety of additional financial restrictions.

Though Cuba is off the list, restrictions will remain in place because most are mandated by other congressional sanctions.

The two governments continue to negotiate over the reestablishment of embassies, and talks could be completed in coming weeks, officials have said.

Write to Felicia Schwartz at Felicia.Schwartz@wsj.com

Cuba officially removed from the state sponsors of terrorism list

by Barbara Boland | May 29, 2015 | 11:51 am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday announced that Cuba would be removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, a decision that takes effect immediately, and should pave the way for a normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

President Obama has been pushing for normalization, but Cuba said this can only happen if it comes off the list.

Obama instructed the State Department to review Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism last December. In April, State recommended that Cuba no longer be included under that designation, and Obama notified Congress that he agreed.

That triggered a 45-day waiting period, one that some were hoping Congress would use to fight the decision. But while some members said they opposed the decision, Congress never took any action.

Members of Congress who support ongoing trade and travel restrictions against Cuba say those steps should only be removed after Cuba improves human rights conditions on the island, and takes steps toward democracy. But State said it sees those as separate issues.

“While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a state sponsor of terrorism designation,” State said in a statement announcing the decision.

In order to no longer be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, State had to find that Cuba had not provided any support for international terrorism during the previous six-months, and had promised not to support acts of international terrorism in the future.

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