Cuban diplomats expelled after alleged 'acoustic attack'

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Those two individuals have departed the United States.

According to the Associated Press, if the investigation does conclude Cuba is behind the attack on USA diplomats, such a find would be "unprecedented".

In 2015, President Barack Obama reopened the American embassy in Cuba in an attempt to improve diplomatic relations with the country.

"Various entities conducted an exhaustive, high-priority, urgent investigation ordered by the highest authorities of the Cuban government and requested the US embassy to share information on these incidents, " said the statement.

U.S. officials, speaking to the agency anonymously, said investigations had determined devices had been deployed either inside or outside diplomats' homes.

Some subsequently got hearing aids, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Cuba has never, nor would it ever, allow that the Cuban territory be used for any action against accredited diplomatic agents or their families", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The U.S.is investigating whether Cuban officials used a covert sonic device to cause severe hearing loss among American diplomats in Havana.

The Cuban Foreign Relations Ministry (MINREX) responded to the incident in a statement published in Granma, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC).

Global Affairs Canada, the coutnry's foreign ministry, says the government is working with the U.S. and Cuban governments to find out what happened.

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The incident caused a diplomatic row between the two countries, leading to two Cuban diplomats being expelled from Washington in May.

Cuban officials say they approached the matter with the "utmost seriousness", although also said the USA decision to expel two Cuban diplomats was "unjustified and unsubstantiated".

She added, "We're taking that situation seriously, and it's under investigation right now".

According to the Associated Press, five diplomats were affected and CNN's sources claim that at least one will have to wear a hearing aid. Nauert would not go into detail about what had occurred, but Federal Bureau of Investigation and Diplomatic Security Service investigators were looking into the matter.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio said the alleged incidents were just the latest examples of harassment toward U.S. diplomats in Cuba.

The White House policy reversal was backed by right-wing Republican politicians like Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, along with other members of a shrinking Cuban exile community in South Florida that remains bent on overthrowing Cuba's socialist government.

Citing an anonymous government official, CNN reports that the USA is still investigating the possibility this was an attack by a third country that might be trying to harm America's relations with Cuba.

Nauert said that investigators did not yet have a definitive explanation for the incidents but stressed they take them "very seriously" as shown by the Cuban diplomats' expulsions.

But it appears that things between the USA and Cuba are no place near friendly now. She did not go into details but did say Cuba has been reminded of its obligation under the Geneva Convention to protect foreign diplomats.

Additional U.S. action could follow if the investigation points to the Cuban government being culpable for what happened to the U.S. employees, officials said.

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