U.S. State Department removes Cuba from state-sponsored terrorism list


U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry removed Cuba from the list of states sponsoring terrorism today.

The move is seen as crucial to normalizing ties between the U.S. and Cuba and is the latest development in the U.S. move to improve relations between the United States and Cuba.

U.S. State Department  spokesman Jeff Rathke said the move “reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission,” and that “While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation.”