U.S. Hits Cuba With New Sanctions Over Human Rights, Venezuela

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U.S. Hits Cuba With New Sanctions Over Human Rights, Venezuela
The U.S. said it is imposing new sanctions on Cuba over its human rights record and continued support for the Maduro regime in Venezuela.
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The Trump administration says it will impose new sanctions on Cuba over its human rights record as well as its support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

In a statement, the Commerce Department said Friday it will restrict Cuba's access to commercial aircraft by "revoking existing licenses for aircraft leases to Cuban state-owned airlines" and denying "future applications for aircraft leases."

The action will also expand sanctions to "include more foreign goods containing U.S. content" and impose additional restrictions on exports to the Cuban government.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said, "This action by the Commerce Department sends another clear message to the Cuban regime – that they must immediately cease their destructive behavior at home and abroad."

Cuba's President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez quickly denounced the sanctions on Twitter, calling them "an inhuman, cruel, unjust and genocidal act that we strongly reject." He went on to say that Cuba "will not give in."