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US Exonerates Cuba of Blame in Sonic Attacks

US Exonerates Cuba of Blame in Sonic Attacks

In the United States, the most prominent voice calling for the embassy to close has been the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, to which the Cuban exile community has also raised its voice calling for the undoing of Barack Obama's policies to placate the Castro regime.

Tillerson met with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodríguez on Monday and reportedly issued a "firm and frank" statement of concern to the nation's top diplomat.

"He stated that according to the preliminary results obtained by the Cuban authorities in their investigations, which have borne in mind the information given by the US authorities, there is no evidence so far of the cause or the origin of the health disorders reported by the USA diplomats", Cuba's embassy said in a statement.

"I've been trying to get a briefing scheduled and we can't seem to get it", Sires told Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan during a House Foreign Affairs Committee briefing Tuesday.

The meeting was the first highest-level diplomatic contact between the two countries since Donald Trump became USA president in January. The request came after five GOP senators who serve on the Intelligence Committee called on the expel Cuban diplomats from Washington and possibly close the US embassy in Havana if the Cuban government couldn't ensure their security or provide more information about how the attacks occurred. Cuba requested the meeting as the U.S. considers shuttering the newly re-opened U.S. Embassy in Havana, a response that would deal a devastating blow to the delicate rapprochement between the countries.

But Sullivan acknowledged that with so much unknown, even that assumption is less than certain, and added: "As a USA government official, I don't know that".

Cuba's top diplomat also said that Havana's probe into the mysterious case had uncovered "no evidence so far of the cause or the origin of the health disorders reported by the USA diplomats".

Yet while the US has avoided blaming Cuba directly for the incidents, the growing public outrage has forced both countries to adopt a tougher tone.

Of the 21 medically confirmed US individuals affected — diplomats and their families — some have permanent hearing loss or concussions, while others suffered nausea, headaches and ear-ringing. Some have been diagnosed with mild brain injury and permanent hearing loss.

The United States and Cuba officially resumed a diplomatic relationship in July 2015, more than five decades after they severed it.

Calls to shut down the American embassy in Cuba have escalated since the U.S. State Department confirmed that dozens of American officials on the island have suffered health repercussions from what the government believes is the use of advanced acoustic instruments used to induce brain damage and concussion-like symptoms.

That number could change, she said, noting that the tally has shifted upward as the US government has medically confirmed the number of individuals impacted by the attacks.

Despite the presence of several theories, including a sonic attack, experts have been unable to explain the matter.


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