From the U.S. State Department website:
Countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism are designated pursuant to three laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. Taken together, the four main categories of sanctions resulting from designation under these authorities include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.
Designation under the above-referenced authorities also implicates other sanctions laws that penalize persons and countries engaging in certain trade with state sponsors. Currently there are four countries designated under these authorities: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria
In the news:
Colombia Intercepts Shipment of “War Materiel” Headed to Cuba (emphasis added)
Colombian authorities have intercepted a Chinese-flagged ship loaded with “war materiel” headed for Cuba.
Headline in Spanish: Autoridades Colombianas interceptan barco de bandera china cargado de armamento de guerra de largo alcance con destino a Cuba.
It was intercepted near the Port of Cartagena. The cargo includes long-range weapons systems.
According to El Tiempo, the ship did not have appropriate documentation — indicating that this was a clandestine shipment.
Capitol Hill Cubans point out,
Cuba was found to be in violation of U.N. sanctions — the most egregious violation of these sanctions to date.
Yet, Castro’s regime got away scot-free — despite a U.N. Panel of Experts documenting how the Cuban authorities lied and sought to conceal the weapons shipment.
Instead, the Obama Administration rewarded Castro’s regime with the normalization of diplomatic relations and eased sanctions for travel and trade with the Cuban military’s monopolies.
While everybody’s talking about Paris Hilton in Havana, the Communist regime’s importing long-range weapons systems; That’s today’s news in “smart diplomacy.”