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Fidel Castro Says U.S. Still Owes Cuba Many Millions of Dollars in Damages

In this June 14, 1961 file photo, Prime Minister Fidel Castro holds a cigar during a news conference in Havana, Cuba. For over half a century, the U.S. government tried many schemes to overthrow the Castro regime: poisonous cigars, an exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba. U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 the United States will re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba and bring change to the longstanding trade embargo. But it was unclear if all secret operations would cease. (AP Photo/RHS)
In this June 14, 1961 file photo, Prime Minister Fidel Castro holds a cigar during a news conference in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/RHS)

(NBC News) – Fidel Castro doesn’t exactly sound ready to embrace the new spirit of openness with the United States.

To mark his 89th birthday, the former revolutionary and Cuban president lashed out at his longtime adversary in an essay that invoked the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In the essay, published Thursday in the Communist Party newspaper Granma, Castro wrote that the United States owes Cuba “many millions of dollars” in damages because of the half-century trade embargo.

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