US takes a new round of sanctions against Cuba
US Secretary of State Pompeo announced on the same day that from May 2, the United States will re-implement the entire content of Article 3 of the Helms-Burton Act, which has been suspended for 22 years. According to this provision, US citizens who were “confiscated” by the Cuban government and were not compensated in the past will have the right to act in accordance with this law. If any business or individual uses the US citizen property that the Cuban government “confiscates” in its business operations, US citizens will have the right to sue these businesses or individuals.
Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Kimberly Brier, subsequently stated that no foreign company doing business in Cuba would be exempted.
The US move immediately led to protests in several countries. Spain, which has a large investment in Cuba, said it would let the EU protest against the US trade. Subsequently, two senior EU officials and Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland jointly issued a statement saying that the EU and Canada will protect the legitimate interests of their company in Cuba. The third article of the US Helms-Burton Act will not be against the EU and Canada. The company applies. The statement also said that the US move will bring a series of legal proceedings.
Cuban Foreign Minister Rodriguez said on social media that the US decision was an attack on international law and an attack on the sovereignty of Cuba and related third countries. The hard action taken by the United States against Cuba will fail, and Cuba will win as it has in the past.
On the same day, John Bolton, the US National Security Adviser, also announced that he would restart the remittance order of American citizens to his Cuban family. According to the latest regulations, each US citizen remits up to $1,000 per month to Cuba. Bolton also announced that it would restrict US citizens other than "inspecting relatives" to Cuba.
After the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the US government adopted a hostile policy toward Cuba. In 1961, Meigu broke off. The following year, the United States imposed an economic, financial embargo and trade embargo against Cuba. In July 2015, the United States and Cuba formally resumed diplomatic relations. After the Trump administration took office, the United States once again tightened its policy toward Cuba.