Cuba could stop attacks on US diplomats: White House

By AFP   October 13, 2017 | 08:14 am GMT+7
Cuba could stop attacks on US diplomats: White House
A vintage car passes by in front of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, January 12, 2017. Photo by Reuters /Alexandre Meneghini/File Photo

'We believe that the Cuban government could stop the attacks on our diplomats,' said White House Chief of Staff.

The White House said Thursday that Cuba had not done enough to prevent a series of mystery attacks on U.S. diplomats, but stopped short of accusing Havana of carrying them out.

"We believe that the Cuban government could stop the attacks on our diplomats," said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

The mysterious attacks, which U.S. officials initially suggested could have been carried out with some sort of covert acoustic device, have affected at least 22 U.S. embassy staff in Havana.

The last instance occurred in August.

Those affected have exhibited physical symptoms including ear complaints, hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty sleeping.

In response, the U.S. has withdrawn more than half the personnel from the U.S. embassy in Cuba and ordered the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats in the United States.

U.S. relations with Havana were only fully restored in 2015 -- after a half-century Cold War breakdown -- and have deteriorated since President Donald Trump took office in January.

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