Iran's envoy to the United Nations says the US unilateral trade sanctions against various countries including Cuba violate international law, urging Washington to commit to the UN resolutions for ending the embargo against Havana. Mohammed Khazaei made the remarks during the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly held to discuss Washington's unilateral sanctions against Cuba. The Assembly voted overwhelmingly to its 21st resolution that condemns US commercial, economic and financial embargos against Cuba.
A record 188 countries at the General Assembly voted to condemn the US sanctions against Cuba. The United States, Israel, and the Republic of Palau voted against the UN resolution while the Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained.Speaking at the General Assembly, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez condemned "the inhuman, failed, and anachronistic policy of 11 successive US administrations" against his country. Havana and Washington have been at odds since the Cuban revolution, led by Fidel Castro, toppled Fulgencio Batista’s regime in 1959. The United States imposed a partial trade embargo on the Caribbean island nation in October 1960, before introducing full trade sanctions in February 1962. The Cuban foreign minister stated that after the 2008 election, US President Barack Obama had promised a new beginning with Cuba but "the reality of the last four years has been characterized by a persistent tightening of the economic, commercial, and financial blockade." PG/HGH/SS