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A general view of the UN General Assembly (file photo)

A general view of the UN General Assembly (file photo)

We believe that the era of unilateral cruel and illegal measures against nations has come to an end.” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution condemning the US sanctions against Cuba. “We believe that the era of unilateral cruel and illegal measures against nations has come to an end,” Mehmanparast said on Thursday. The UN Assembly on Tuesday voted, for the 21st year in a row, to denounce the commercial, economic and financial embargoes imposed by the US against Cuba. A record number of 188 member states of the Assembly supported the measure while the United States, Israel, and the Republic of Palau voted against it. The Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained. Mehmanparast added that the vote denotes the isolation of the US and the Israeli regime, which unilaterally seek to carry out such measures against nations. Havana and Washington have been at odds since the Cuban revolution, led by Fidel Castro, in 1959. The United States imposed a partial trade sanction on the Caribbean island nation in October 1960. The measure later evolved into a full trade embargo in February 1962. SF/MA/AZ