Washington considers closing embassy in Havana because of "sonic attacks"


Closing the US embassy in Cuba would be the most dramatic action taken by the Trump administration so far to reverse former US President Barack Obama's decision. "Some of the victims suffered mild traumatic brain injuries, hearing loss and other neurological and physical ailments", the union representing Foreign Service officers told the Washington Post. Some are struggling with concentration or common word recall, AP news agency has reported.

Tillerson says the mysterious acoustic attacks that have injured state department employees in Cuba are prompting the review. Cuba has denied any involvement or responsibility but stressed that it's eager to help the United States resolve the matter.

Although Cuba is responsible for protecting the health of diplomats posted to their country, the US State Department has yet not insinuated that the Cuban government is behind the attacks.

The last reported incident was on August 21, according an official who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity. The official wasn't authorised to discuss the matter publicly and requested anonymity.

Tillerson spoke on CBS' "Face the Nation" as world leaders and top diplomats descended on NY for annual UN General Assembly meetings.

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Cuba is also represented at the United Nations, but it's not expected Mr. Trump will meet with any Cuban leaders or officials during his visit. President Trump will give his first speech on the major global platform this week.

"Cuba's neglect of its duty to protect our diplomats and their families can not go unchallenged", said two senators - Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Marco Rubio of Florida.

Lawmakers in Washington have raised alarm over the incidents.

In a rare face-to-face conversation, Castro told US diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis that he was equally baffled, and concerned.

The incidents began at a delicate time in U.S. -Cuba relations, as Trump was elected president, Cuban leader Fidel Castro died, and the Obama administration was scurrying to lock in the new policies it had negotiated with Havana.