CORAL GABLES, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. economic embargo against Cuba has deprived its communist government of funds it might otherwise have used for military adventures, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said on Thursday.
The Cuban-born Gutierrez, who left his homeland with his family as a child, said the trade and financial embargo imposed by Washington three years after Fidel Castro seized power in 1959 had been "an absolute and resounding" success.
At a Latin American conference sponsored by The Miami Herald, Gutierrez cited the 1962 Cuban missile crisis as one reason the United States sought to deprive Castro's government of funds.
"Think about in 1962 when they had nuclear weapons in Cuba, they wanted to keep that weapon. They wanted to use that weapon if necessary," he said.
"So think about what would have happened if that regime would have had more resources. History doesn't credit us for what doesn't happen. You never get credit for what you prevented," he said.
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