In the News: UN Urges U.S. to Lift Cuba Trade Embargo

The United Nations overwhelmingly voted for a resolution that calls on the United States to lift its trade embargo on Cuba. It is the 17th-straight year the General Assembly called for the U.S. to lift the economic and commercial embargo “as soon as possible.” The measure won support from 185 countries, one vote more than last year; the U.S., Israel and Palau opposed the measure. U.S. diplomat Ron Goddard said every country has the right to restrict trade and that the embargo, which was imposed in 1962, is justified because the Cuban government is undemocratic and restricts political and economic freedom. Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said it will be up to the next U.S. president “to admit” whether the embargo is “a failed policy.”

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