Key US decision on Cuba terror-designation coming

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Associated Press

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 4:30 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 23 at 4:34 AM

HAVANA (AP) — New Secretary of State John Kerry faces a deadline in a few weeks on a normally routine decision that could have a big impact, this time, on U.S. Cuba relations.

The decision is whether or not to recommend taking Cuba off a list of state sponsors of terrorism, which also includes Iran, Syria and Sudan.

The decision could usher in a long-stalled detente or slam the door. Either way, current travel restrictions to the island nation would remain.

Cuban officials have told visiting American delegations privately that they view Kerry's recommendation as a litmus test for improved ties.

Inclusion on the list means a ban on arms sales to Cuba but also on items that can have dual uses, including some hospital equipment. It also requires that the United States oppose any international loans to Cuba.

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092-c-13-(Carlotta Bradley, AP correspondent)-"end of April"-AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports Secretary of State John Kerry has to decide within a few weeks whether to recommend to the president that the U.S take Cuba off a list of state sponsors of terrorism. (23 Mar 2013)

<<CUT *092 (03/23/13)>> 00:13 "end of April"

091-v-35-(Carlotta Bradley, AP correspondent)--The U.S. has a decision to make regarding Cuba. AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports. (23 Mar 2013)

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093-c-16-(Carlotta Bradley, AP correspondent)-"subcontractor Alan Gross"-AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports Cuban officials have long said their country doesn't belong on a terror list with Iran, Syria and Sudan. (23 Mar 2013)

<<CUT *093 (03/23/13)>> 00:16 "subcontractor Alan Gross"

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