State Department: Sanctions Are Important Tool of Cuba Policy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
We believe the embargo provides us with an important resource to spur more positive changes on the island. Its continued implementation remains subject to the rhythm and nature of those changes. The embargo represents only one aspect of U.S. policy toward Cuba, whose objective is to encourage a more open environment in Cuba and a greater respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
-- State Department spokesperson, asked about this week's push-poll on Cuba policy, EFE, 2/12/14