President Obama says a review of whether to remove Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism has been completed, but that he has not received a recommendation yet from his advisers. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama said on Thursday (April 9) that the U.S. State Department had completed its review of whether to remove Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism but that he had not received a recommendation yet from his advisers. Speaking in Jamaica, where he is on a short visit, Obama said he would not announce a Cuba decision on Thursday. He said he would wait to get recommendations from White House advisers before doing so. Cuba's presence on the state-sponsored terror list has been a major stumbling block to efforts to restore relations and re-establish embassies. Havana has flatly demanded its removal before diplomatic ties can be restored. Cuba was added to the list of terrorism sponsors - a distinction it has shared with Iran, Sudan and Syria - in 1982, when it was aiding Marxist insurgencies in Colombia and elsewhere.