"Enough threats and deadlines against the Cuban Revolution. They could not, can not and will not (work)," said Diaz-Canel.
The recent inclusion of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act — a policy which allows U.S. parties to sue companies profiting from properties confiscated by Cuban officials in the post-revolution era. — is the newest addition to the long list of sanctions enacted by the U.S.
Trump threatened in January to allow action on the controversial law suspended by all administrations since 1996.
Eliminating the suspension will open opportunities for not only U.S. nationals and entities, but also industries linked to foreign companies, particularly those allied with the United States, to file lawsuits against some 200 Cuban state-owned businesses already burdened with sanctions from their northern neighbor.
Via Twitter, Diaz-Canel said, "The United States insults the sovereign nations by summoning them to be accomplices of their imperial policy, today they are going against Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, like yesterday against Iraq, Libya and Syria. Tomorrow against who else?”
The Trump administration caused unrest and sparked criticism in the international community over the implementation of this act, especially among their allies from the European Union and Canada.
The international community will never cave to the archaic strategies of the Cold War, “that pressure, threaten, insult, lie and dirty with unscrupulous actions all the foreign policy of that northern nation," the president concluded.
The nation’s support to Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has been used to justify the numerous sanctions intended to destabilize the Caribbean island.