Farmer in Artemisa, Cuba
Formerly the breadbasket of Cuba, the province of Artemisa is among those to have seen a rapid production decline as farmers lack even the most rudimentary of supplies AFP

The U.S. State Department has slammed allegations made by Cuba's Interior Ministry that the former was plotting violent attacks against the Latin American country.

"Allegations that the United States is encouraging violent actions against the Cuban government are absurd," an official from the State Department said Tuesday, Reuters reported.

The statement came after Cuba's Interior Ministry claimed Monday that "plans by the State Department and intelligence community to increase subversive and violent attacks against Cuba in order to generate a social outbreak before the end of 2023."

However, the Cuban government didn't present any evidence to support its claim against the U.S.

Last week, Cuba shared a list, featuring more than 80 foreign nationals and entities, accusing them of terrorism, including influencers and dissidents living in the U.S. Following the list, the State Department said these allegations were doing nothing, but belittling emigrants.

"These most recent allegations are the newest iteration of Cuban authorities' efforts to belittle emigrants exercising their freedom of speech, including criticizing Cuba's abysmal human rights record and relentless repression," the official said in response to Cuba last week.

Last month, Cuban officials noted that the country was going through an economic crisis, as food production and pharmaceutical supplies were 50% less compared to 2018. The officials blamed the U.S. for the same due to the sanctions imposed by the North American country.

The economic embargo against Cuba doesn't allow the country to trade or perform any commercial activities with the U.S.

The embargo has been enforced through various acts, including the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, the Cuban Assets Control Regulations of 1963, the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992, the Helms–Burton Act of 1996, and the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000.

Despite the sanctions, Cuba hosted more than 800 companies from over 60 countries last month to seek new investments in the country. At that time, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel appreciated the massive participation, noting that it was proof other countries had confidence in Cuba.

Cuba was also added to the list of state sponsors of terrorism during the term of former President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden has not removed Cuba from the list. Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had called out the U.S. government for the same in September.

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