Kerry Considers Removing Cuba From Terror List
Boston Globe: State Department officials think Havana has cut ties with terror groups
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2013 4:19 PM CST
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a brief news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, before their meeting, earlier today.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – With senior US diplomats determining Cuba is no longer supporting terrorist groups such as Colombia's FARC rebels, the State Department could be poised to remove Cuba from its list of states that sponsor terrorism, reports the Boston Globe. "There is a pretty clear case ... that they don’t really meet the standard anymore," says one unnamed official. Syria, Sudan, and Iran are still listed as state sponsors of terrorism; North Korea was removed by George Bush in 2008.

John Kerry has held meetings in recent days to review Cuba policy, which has centered around an embargo on the small communist nation for the past five decades. The embargo cannot be lifted without congressional approval, but the White House is free to remove Cuba from the terror list. The development comes as US lawmakers intensify the push to free Alan Gross, a former government contractor who has been held by Cuba since 2009, reports the Washington Post.

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Smitty6398
Mar 6, 2013 6:20 PM CST
Probably never happen as long as some "old revolutionary" is holding power.
Imhotep
Feb 22, 2013 7:58 AM CST
It's about time we had normal relations with that country. Build their economy , build some factories, export our products to them , export their products to us and abroad. It's a win win situation. Should have been done ages ago.
trebor171
Feb 21, 2013 11:34 PM CST
Yes and get congress to normalize relations with Cuba. Why should we treat them any differently than Canada or Mexico they too are our neighbors. Because a few (relative#) dissidents from Cuba in Miami do not want relations normalized, they hold the entire US from making friends and having commerce with Cuba. Time to have real Cuban cigars again and maybe get our hands on some of those 50's and 60's Chevrolet s stashed down there.