UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba for the 22nd year in a row.
The vote Tuesday was 188-2, with three abstentions. The United States and Israel voted against it. General Assembly resolutions are unenforceable.
The embargo was enacted in 1960 following Cuba’s nationalization of properties belonging to U.S. citizens and corporations. Sanctions were strengthened to a near-total embargo in 1962.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez railed against the embargo, saying it has caused $1.126 trillion in economic damage over more than a half-century.
Ronald D. Godard, a senior U.S. adviser for Western Hemisphere affairs, defended the embargo as “one of the tools in our overall efforts to encourage respect for the civil and human rights” of Cubans.