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Cuba, North Korea reject 'unilateral and arbitrary' U.S. demands

Cuba, North Korea reject 'unilateral and arbitrary' U.S. demands
From Reuters - November 22, 2017

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba said its foreign minister met with his North Korean counterpart in Havana on Wednesday and both rejected the United States unilateral and arbitrary demands while expressing concern about escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea is searching for support amid unprecedented pressure from the United States and the international community to cease its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

The country, which has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, has maintained warm political relations with the island just 90 miles (145 km) south since 1960, despite Cubas opposition to nuclear weapons.

Some diplomats said Cuba was also one of the few countries that might be able to convince North Korea to move away from the current showdown with the United States that threatens war.

The ministers called for respect for peoples sovereignty and the peaceful settlement of disputes, according to a statement released by the Cuban foreign ministry.

They strongly rejected the unilateral and arbitrary lists and designations established by the U.S. government which serve as a basis for the implementation of coercive measures which are contrary to international law, the statement said.

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