U.N. Approves Resolution Urging U.S. to Repeal Embargo Against Cuba

The U.N. General Assembly has again overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging the United States to repeal its 47-year-old trade embargo against Cuba.

The vote Wednesday in the 192-member world body was 185 to 3, with 2 abstentions. Last year, the vote was 184 to 4, with 1 abstention.

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said before the vote that it will be up to the next U.S. president to decide whether the embargo is a failed policy. But he stressed that the United States will never bring the Cuban people to their knees.

U.S. diplomat Ron Goddard said the embargo is justified because the Cuban government is undemocratic and restricts political and economic freedom.