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Biden issues new round of Cuba sanctions

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:US NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 30 July 20211. Wide of US President Joe Biden meeting with Cuban Americans at the White House2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"The United States is going to continue to stand with the Cuban people who have suffered decades, decades under a failed communist regime. Earlier this month, Cubans took to the street in an historic demonstration of the will of the people of Cuba. The regime responded with violence and repression, mass detentions, sham trials and people disappearing, who have spoken out, just disappearing. Family members, I'm told, are not able, have no idea where their family members are back in Cuba and in a brazen violation of the rights of the Cuban people. The Cuban Americans are hurting. They're hurting because their loved ones are suffering and it's, quite frankly, intolerable. So I want the Cuban Americans to know that we all around this table and myself included, see your pain, we hear your voices, and we hear the cries of freedom coming from the island."ASSOCIATED PRESSHavana -11 July 2021++CELLPHONE FOOTAGE++3. Beaten protester dragged away with a bleeding face4. Various of protestersUS NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 30 July 20215. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"We're holding the regime accountable. Last week, we sanctioned the head of the Cuban armed forces and a government entity called the Black Berets for their involvement in suppressing protesters. And today we are adding sanctions against the revolutionary national police, as well as individual sanctions against the chief and deputy chief."6. UPSOUND (English) Reporter question:"Will there be more sanctions against Cuba coming up or are you stopping with what you did today?"7. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"We are, there will be more unless there's some drastic change in Cuba, which I don't anticipate."++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:Declaring the situation in Cuba "intolerable," the Biden administration announced new sanctions Friday against Cuba's national revolutionary police and its top two officials as the U.S. looks to increase pressure on the communist government following this month's protests on the island. The Police Nacional Revolcionaria and the agency's director and deputy director, Oscar Callejas Valcarce and Eddie Sierra Arias, were targeted in the latest sanctions announced by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control. The police are part of Cuba's interior ministry, which was already the subject of a blanket designation by the Trump administration back in January."The Cuban Americans are hurting. They're hurting because their loved ones are suffering and it's, quite frankly, intolerable," President Joe Biden said at the start of a White House meeting with Cuban Americans not long after Treasury announced the sanctions.""We hear the cries of freedom coming from the island. The United States is taking concerted action to bolster the cause of the Cuban people,” he added.The White House meeting comes almost three weeks after unusual July 11 protests in which thousands of Cubans took to the streets in Havana and other cities to protest shortages, power outages and government policies. They were the first such protests since the 1990s.The administration says it is considering a wide range of additional options in response to the protests, including providing internet access to Cubans, and has created a working group to review U.S. remittance policy to ensure that more of the money that Cuban Americans send home makes it directly into the hands of their families without the government taking a cut. Biden added that more sanctions were in the offing.Asked if additional sanctions were planned, Biden responded, "There will be more unless there's some drastic change in Cuba, which I don't anticipate."===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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