NYT: US may re-recognize Cuba as a sponsoring state of terrorism

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The State Department has offered to re-recognize Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, the New York Times reported.

The newspaper said that if such a decision is finally made, it will complicate the plans of the next Joe Biden administration to ease the increased American pressure on Havana.

With three weeks left until the next president’s inauguration day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo must decide whether to sign the plan, two American officials told the publication.

According to the New York Times, it is unclear whether Pompeo decided to go ahead with the procedure.

However, Democrats and foreign policy experts believe that President Donald Trump and his senior officials are trying to find ways to limit the options for President-elect Joe Biden in his first months in office and make it difficult for him to reverse Trump’s foreign policy decisions, the newspaper said.

The State Department removed Cuba from the list of states sponsoring terrorism in 2015 after President Barack Obama announced the normalization of relations between Washington and Havana.

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