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Cuba, Iran, Venezuela strongly reject unilateral coercive measures

Vienna, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba, Iran and Venezuela has condemned on Thursday the illegal unilateral coercive measures, for which reason they should be dismissed as an option by the international community.

The decision is included in the joint statement issued by the Heads of Permanent Missions of these three nations in Vienna, at the conclusion of the 'International Seminar on Unilateral Coercive Measures (UCM) and its Impacts', hosted by these diplomatic missions.

One of its topics, the statement read by the Iranian Ambassador, Kazem Gharib Abadi, stated that, in a globalized world, resorting to unilateral sanctions to punish or isolate another State 'is not legitimate or legal' and added that economic sanctions are inconsistent with values of human rights.

It also warned that because of such predictable but costly implications, US sanctions should be seen as weapons of war and means of aggression and considered as crimes against humanity.

We, Cuba-Iran-Venezuela, the statement reads, are firm in defending the principles of the right to self-determination, non-meddling and equality of nations, with the conviction that multilateralism and international law should be the response to UCMs.

Referring specifically to the US prominence in this 'illegal behavior,' the statement accuses the US government of using UCMs as a tool to impact on or force a change in the policy of another state.

During past decades, the statement emphasizes, the U.S. was unstinting in its efforts to resort to commercial sanctions, financial and investment flow disruptions, assets freezing, travel bans, 'in order to impose its will on another State' and 'acting as a self-proclaimed global police, trample in this way all rules and international law.'

In this regard, the United States has imposed over 27 different sanction regimes on several States since 1984, and between 2009 and 2015 penalized different banks with 13 billion dollars in seven countries.

Regarding Cuba, it referred specifically to the resurgence of the economic, commercial and financial US blockade against the Caribbean nation and stated that 'since its design, such an economic aggression policy has been one of the ever longest and hardest unilateral sanctions systems implemented against any country.'

Likewise, it pointed out that Iran's experience proves that the real reason for imposing UCMs, especially with extraterritorial implications, is not humanitarian or peace and security, but impose its own will on other nations.

'The UCMs against the Islamic Republic of Iran have hit mainly the basic human rights of the people and caused innocent civilians´ lifestyle, health, education and development impairment, including food and medicines.'

Concerning the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the document read that Venezuela has been also subject to severe UCMs since 2014, and also stated a report by the US Department of State, recognizing the application of at least 150 UCMs in the last three years only.

(Cubavsbloqueo/Prensa Latina)