The United States is considering closing down its embassy in Cuba after its diplomats working there suffered from mysterious brain injuries. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that such option is “under review” by the U.S.
Tillerson announced such in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He said: “We have it under evaluation. It’s a very serious issue with respect to the harm that certain individuals have suffered.” He also added that the country has since brought the Americans affected home.
The Associated Press has also reported last week that American officials are still searching for an explanation for the puzzling attacks which have astoundingly affected at least 21 diplomats working in Cuba.
Five GOP senators also urged the Trump administration to close down the embassy arguing that Cuba failed to protect the American diplomats. Cuba for its part denied any involvement in the mystery-filled attacks. Some of the attacks left Americans with permanent hearing loss and mild brain damage.
The five GOP senators wrote a letter to Tillerson urging him to close down the U.S. embassy in Cuba because “Cuba’s neglect of its duty to protect our diplomats and families can not go unchallenged.” They also urged Tillerson to remind the Cuban government of its obligation and to demand that it take verifiable action to remove the threats to American personnel and their families.
The symptoms started in 2016 during the fall and may have continued until spring 2017. The incidents were shared to the public in early August. The U.S. has expelled two Cuban diplomats from the country’s embassy in Washington also in return to the mysterious health attacks.
Cuban President Raul Castro has expressed his concerns on the issue and has even offered to give FBI the rare access to probe the matter.