Posted: Sunday, October 1, 2023. 6:26 am CST.
By Horace Palacio: North Korea lashed out at the United States on Sunday, accusing it of allowing a “terrorist” act to occur on American soil. This follows the attack on the Cuban embassy in Washington on Sep 24, in which an assailant threw two Molotov cocktails. Fortunately, the incident caused no injuries and minimal damage.
The North Korean foreign ministry’s spokesperson, in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, called the incident a “grave terrorist attack”. Drawing parallels, the statement highlighted a 2020 event at the same embassy where gunshots were fired at the building. “This goes to prove that the above-said incidents were committed evidently at the tacit connivance of the US administration,” the unnamed spokesman remarked.
The United States has previously arrested and indicted an individual for the 2020 shooting. However, the recent Molotov cocktail attack has seen no arrests, with the Secret Service confirming that the investigation is ongoing. White House national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, strongly condemned the recent assault, reassuring that US law enforcement would investigate the matter thoroughly.
This isn’t the first time concerns have been raised regarding the safety of Cuban diplomats on American soil. Following the attack, the Cuban State mission in Belize expressed deep concern and condemnation. The mission’s statement underscored the audacious impunity with which these attacks are being executed, opposing the path of love and peace championed by the Cuban government and its people.
Echoing sentiments from the North Korean statement, the Cuban diplomats in Belize highlighted the recurring nature of such events. An incident in April 2020 saw shots fired at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, causing property damage but thankfully sparing human life.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez promptly reported the latest attack. Through his account on [platform X], Rodriguez confirmed that, despite the severity of the recent event, all embassy staff were unharmed.
Such incidents aren’t isolated to the US alone. Since the Cuban Revolution’s victory in January 1959, Cuban diplomatic missions worldwide have suffered from at least 581 incidents that can be labeled as State terrorism. The Cuban government continues to call for an end to these hostile acts and seeks justice for those affected.
The Cuban embassy in Washington reopened its doors in 2015, marking the restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US. Despite this, tensions remain, with Havana stating that it is unreasonable for the US to keep Cuba on its terrorism list and uphold a Cold War-era economic embargo.
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