The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened US Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday.AP | Sep 17, 2017, 21:44 IST
Tillerson spoke on CBS' "Face the Nation" as world leaders and top diplomats descended on New York for annual UN General Assembly meetings. President Donald Trump will give his first speech on the major global platform this week.
Cuba is also represented at the UN, but it's not expected Trump will meet with any Cuban leaders or officials during his visit.
The US hasn't identified either a culprit or a device. Investigators have explored the possibility of sonic waves, an electromagnetic weapon, or an advanced spying operation gone awry, US officials briefed on the probe told the AP. The US hasn't ruled out that a third country or a rogue faction of Cuba's security services might be involved.
In Washington, lawmakers in Congress have been raising alarm over the incidents, with some calling for the embassy to be closed. On Friday, five Republican senators wrote Tillerson urging him to not only shutter the embassy, but also kick all Cuban diplomats out of the United States _ a move with dramatic diplomatic implications
"Cuba's neglect of its duty to protect our diplomats and their families cannot go unchallenged," said the lawmakers, who included Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a prominent Cuban-American, and the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas.
The incidents have frightened Havana's tight-knit diplomatic community, raising concerns about the potential scope. At least one other country, France, has tested embassy staff for potential sonic-induced injuries, the AP has reported.