Never Give Up: 'US Still Seeks Regime Change in Cuba'

© AP Photo / Andrew HarnikThe Cuban flag is raised over their new embassy in Washington, Monday, July 20, 2015
The Cuban flag is raised over their new embassy in Washington, Monday, July 20, 2015 - Sputnik International
The United States still seeks to change the regime in Cuba, however, after multiple failures, Washington has chosen another way to succeed, Panamanian journalist, sociologist and professor at the University of Panama Marco Antonio Gandásegui told Sputnik.

"The statements of [US] President Obama and his team of advisers have been very clear since December 2014. Washington aims to promote regime change in Havana by policies that can be developed through diplomatic mechanisms," the professor said.

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Gandásegui warned that the "future US government may claim to recolonize Cuba by using destabilizing tactics, including military ones," adding that Havana must be prepared to repel any future attack.

US Secretary of State John Kerry took part in the US embassy reopening ceremony on Friday that marked the normalization of relations between the two countries.

The restoration of diplomatic relations between Havana and Washington did not conclude on August 14 with the reopening of the US embassy but it "is a process that will not end until the United States lifts the [economic] blockade, leaves the militarily occupied territories in Guantanamo Bay and pays their debts to Cuba," the analyst noted.

However, the US may lift the economic blockade against Cuba soon enough to "to pave the way to certain US export sectors, such as food and technology."

Washington imposed a full trade ban against Cuba in 1962. The US embargo on Cuba is one of the longest standing trade embargoes in US history.

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