Cuba's foreign minister Bruno Parilla rejects new US policy, says 'will not negotiate under pressure'

Havana: Cuba's foreign minister has rejected President Donald Trump's new policy toward the island, saying "we will never negotiate under pressure or under threat" and refusing to return US fugitives who have received asylum in Cuba.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla addresses the media during a news conference in Vienna, Austria on Monday. AP

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla addresses a news conference in Vienna, Austria on Monday. AP

In a hard-edged response to the policy announced Friday, foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez said from Vienna on Monday that Trump's restrictions on transactions with the Cuban military would not achieve their objective of weakening the government. He said they would instead create unity behind the communist leadership.

He described fugitives such as Joanne Chesimard, a black militant convicted of the murder of a New Jersey state trooper, as political refugees who had received asylum from the Cuban government and would not be returned because the US has no "legal or moral basis" to demand their return.


Updated Date: Jun 19, 2017 22:15 PM

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