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Castro hardens U.S. rhetoric following Obama visit

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 01:04

Cuban President Raul Castro warns Cubans that the United States was determined to end Cuba's socialist revolution despite restoring relations and a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Cuban President Raul Castro warned Cubans on Saturday (April 16) that the United States was determined to end Cuba's socialist revolution despite restoring relations and a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama, saying one-party Communism was essential to defend the system. "We have the willingness to develop a respectful dialogue and to build a new kind of relationship with with United States which has never existed between both countries because we are convinced that it can only bring mutual benefit. However, it is necessary to reiterate that Cuba should not renounce the principles of the Revolution to achieve it nor should make inherent concessions to its sovereignty and independence, give up the defense of its ideals nor its foreign policy," Castro said, speaking in front of a giant portrait of his brother Fidel Castro at the inauguration of the Communist Party's first congress in five years. He called Obama's desire to end U.S. sanctions on Cuba a change of "method", in reference to efforts by Washington to bring political change to Cuba ever since the Castro brothers toppled a pro-American government in 1959. Obama and Castro announced in December 2014 they would end decades of enmity and normalize relations. Obama made a historic trip to the island last month but angered the government with calls for more political freedom and democracy in the one-party state. Castro said he remained convinced of the benefits of improved relations with the United States and said Cuba was committed to the diplomatic thaw. But he made clear he did not believe Obama's promise that the United States would not impose political or economic change on Cuba.

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Castro hardens U.S. rhetoric following Obama visit

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 01:04