Obama refuses to life US embargo on Cuba for present time


President Obama freely admits that the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba "hasn’t worked the way we wanted it to"  although it’s been in effect for nearly 50 years.

Even so, he made it clear today it will stay in place until Cuban leaders take more overt action to free political prisoners, and permit freedom of the press and democratic elections.

"The Cuban people aren’t free and that’s our lodestone, our north star when it comes to our policy in Cuba," said Mr. Obama.

During a trip-ending news conference at the site of the Summit of the Americas (where Cuba’s exclusion and the U.S. embargo were highly-contentious issues), the president said his concerns about Cuba are "not simply something to be brushed aside.".

Source:  CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller

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