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White House says Cuba could stop attacks on Americans
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Kelly insisted he's not quitting or being fired — for now. "Unless things change, I'm not quitting, I'm not getting fired and I don't think I'll fire anyone tomorrow," the retired Marine Corps general and former secretary of homeland security told reporters at the daily White House briefing. (AP Photo - Susan Walsh)
By JOSH LEDERMAN
From Associated Press
October 12, 2017 1:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff John Kelly says the United States believes that Cuban President Raul Castro's government could stop attacks on U.S. diplomats.

Kelly isn't elaborating on why the U.S. believes Cuba could stop it. Previously, the United States has said merely that it was Cuba's responsibility under international law to protect diplomats serving on its soil.

The U.S. has not accused Cuba or any other actor of perpetrating the attacks. Cuba's government has vehemently denied involvement or knowledge of the attacks.

At least 22 American government personnel are said by the U.S. to be "medically confirmed" to have been affected by the attacks. The U.S. says the number could grow.

Kelly was asked about the Cuba attacks during a press briefing at the White House.

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