From the offices of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL):
United Nations Security Council Failure to Hold Cuban Officials Accountable for Their Role in Illegal Chong Chon Gang Arms Shipment is Spineless
Ambassador Power Must Initiate Process for Designation and Submit Names for Inclusion
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on the failure of the UN Security Council to hold Cuban officials accountable for their role in the illegal Chong Chon Gang arms shipment despite overwhelming evidence that Cuba assisted North Korea in an attempt to circumvent several UN Security Council resolutions. Ros-Lehtinen urged U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power to work to ensure that Cuban officials are designated sanctions violators. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“It’s unacceptable that even as the UN Security Council sanctioned the North Korean firm that operated the vessel carrying illegal arms from Cuba, it failed to similarly hold the Cuban regime accountable for its role in this flagrant violation of UN sanctions. The Panel of Experts responsible for investigating this violation, as well as Ambassador Power, have made clear that Cuba had an integral role in this transgression. But mere words of condemnation are not enough. The Obama administration should be proactive and submit all known Cuban entities involved in this incident to be designated as violators of several Security Council resolutions and it must work to garner support from other Council members for this inclusion. The illegal Chong Chon Gang arms shipment is yet another example of the threat the Cuban regime poses not just to us and our national security, but to global security.”
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NOTE: Last week, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, joined by Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), wrote to Ambassador Power urging her to submit for designation the names of Cuban regime and military officials connected to the Chong Chon Gang incident. Ros-Lehtinen and Díaz-Balart were joined by Reps. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), and Sean Duffy (R-WI).