US expels 15 diplomats as Cuba attack toll rises

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October 3, 2017

Eduardo Clark holds American and Cuban flags across the street from the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 20, 2015. A diplomatic freeze that stretched five decades, outlasting the Cold War and nine U.S. presidencies, formally ends Monday when Cuba and the U.S. reopen embassies. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez will attend a flag-raising ceremony at the Cuban chancery in Washington before meeting Secretary of State John Kerry, who will travel to Havana at a later date. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Fifteen Cuban diplomats must leave the United States within seven days over the ongoing and mysterious attacks against American personnel in Havana, the State Department announced Tuesday.

“The decision was made due to Cuba’s failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats in accordance with its obligations under the Vienna Convention,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a Tuesday morning statement.

A senior U.S. diplomat informed the Cuban government of the expulsions Tuesday morning, which come just days after the Trump administration withdrew most U.S. government personnel from Cuba. The decision coincided with the announcement that the number of Americans harmed by the attacks, which have caused hearing loss and other “cognitive issues” over the last year, has risen to 22.

“This move does not signal a change of policy or a determination of responsibility for the attacks on U.S. government personnel in Cuba,” a State Department official told reporters Tuesday morning. “We are maintaining diplomatic relations with Havana. The decision on expulsions was taken due to Cuba’s inability to protect our diplomats in Havana, as well as to ensure equity in the impact on our respective operations.”

  • justinwachin

    Cuba needs to stop its hidden attacks. If the Cuban government doesn’t stop their clandestine activity our government needs to halt travel to Cuba.

  • Jose

    So soros still has influence in other countries, wonder how much it is costing him in cuba

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