Cuba embargo undermined: US report

Wed Dec 19, 10:49 PM ET

The US trade embargo on Cuba is being undermined by factors that include a lack of cooperation from some countries and domestic opposition to the rules, an official US report out Wednesday said.

According to the General Accountability Office (GAO), the audit and investigative branch of the US Congress, several factors “hinder enforcement of the Cuba embargo, sometimes acting in concert.”

A “lack of cooperation from foreign countries has undercut the embargo’s effectiveness and hampered inspections and investigations,” the GAO reports.

US public opinion is divided on the embargo, “particularly regarding the new travel and cash transfer restrictions.”

Some embargo violations, including on-line money transfers through third countries, “are difficult to detect or control.”

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