Cuba condemn US’s latest tough talk about the island

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba on Friday condemned the Trump administration’s latest tough talk about the island and its allies but says the door remains open to talks with Washington.

Cuba’s top diplomat on U.S. affairs struck a notably conciliatory tone alongside its condemnation of National security adviser John Bolton’s Thursday speech laying out a hardline policy toward countries the White House branded a “troika of tyranny.”

Bolton promised new sanctions on Venezuela and Cuba and additional penalties against Nicaragua, saying the U.S. “will no longer appease dictators and despots near our shores in this hemisphere.”

Carlos Fernandez de Cossio told reporters in Havana that “Cuba vigorously rejects the language used by Mr. Bolton, the vulgarity used in his pronouncement. De Cossio said however that Cuba’s openness to respectful talks with the U.S. was unchanged.

“Cuba is open to having a frank, professional, open and respectful dialogue with the U.S.,” he said. “Cuba is open to discussing any topic, if it’s based in respect.”

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