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Fidel Castro says the US owes Cuba millions for decades-long embargo

Published 14/08/2015

In this photo provided by the Bolivian Information Agency (ABI), Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, Bolivia's President Evo Morales, center, and Cuba's Fidel Castro, right, sit inside a van after Maduro and Castro picked up Morales at his hotel in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, 13 2015. The three leaders continued on to celebrate Castro's 89th birthday. (Ivan Maldonado/ABI via AP)
In this photo provided by the Bolivian Information Agency (ABI), Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, Bolivia's President Evo Morales, center, and Cuba's Fidel Castro, right, sit inside a van after Maduro and Castro picked up Morales at his hotel in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, 13 2015. The three leaders continued on to celebrate Castro's 89th birthday. (Ivan Maldonado/ABI via AP)
Workers prepare for the flag raising ceremony, outside the newly opened U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Kerry arrived in Havana Friday for an historic ceremony to raise the U.S. flag over a restored U.S. Embassy in the Cuban capital. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A Cuban policeman patrols the surroundings of the US Embassy in Havana on August 13, 2015, a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Cuba for re-opening the embassy. This is the first time in years that Cuban police takes bicycles for patrolling. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUEADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban policemen patrol the surroundings of the US Embassy in Havana on August 13, 2015, a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Cuba for re-opening the embassy. This is the first time in years that Cuban police takes bicycles for patrolling. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUEADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images
US Secretary of State John Kerry gives a 'thumbs-up' as he prepares to board his aircraft from Andrews Air Force Base for a flight to Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. Kerry is traveling to the Cuban capital to raise the US flag and formally reopen the long-closed US Embassy. Cuba and U. officially restored diplomatic relations July 20, as part of efforts to normalize ties between the former Cold War foes. AFP PHOTO/POOL/PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAISPABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AFP/Getty Images
A Cuban flag flutters on top of a rock near the US Embassy in Havana on August 13, 2015, a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Cuba for re-opening the embassy. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUEADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: A painted portrait of former Cuban President Fidel Castro stands in the doorway of a museum on the revolutionary leader's birthday in the old part of the city August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Cubans use internet in a street of Havana, on August 13, 2015. Many Cubans hope that the new relations with the United States will improve the communication with their relatives living abroad. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUEADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: A lone Cuban flag is raised inside the 'Wall of Flags' across the street from the U.S. Embassy (background) August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. Cuba planted 138 flag poles in February 2006 in an attempt to obsucre an electronic message ticker on the outside of the U.S. Interests Section building. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: A lone Cuban flag is raised inside the 'Wall of Flags' across the street from the U.S. Embassy August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. Cuba planted 138 flag poles in February 2006 in an attempt to obsucre an electronic message ticker on the outside of the U.S. Interests Section building. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A bride on a car passes by the US embassy (R) on Havana's Malecon seafront, on August 13, 2015. The former US Interests Section became an embassy on July 20, but no US flag flies over the building until US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Cuba on August 14 and formally inaugurates it. Three ex-Marines who lowered the US flag at the embassy in Cuba in 1961 will be back on Friday with Kerry to raise the Stars and Stripes once again. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Handout picture released by Bolivian news agency ABI, showing Cuban former president, Fidel Castro (R), on his 89th birthday, with Bolivian President Evo Morales (C) and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Havana, on August 13, 2015. Castro's birthday is being celebrated with a wide array of events. AFP PHOTO / ABI / HO --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ABI / HO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - GETTY OUT--/AFP/Getty Images
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: A Cuban woman wears American-flag themed tights in the old part of the city August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Workers set up a dais at the US embassy on Havana's Malecon seafront, on August 13, 2015. The former US Interests Section became an embassy on July 20, but no US flag flies over the building until US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Cuba on August 14 and formally inaugurates it. Three ex-Marines who lowered the US flag at the embassy in Cuba in 1961 will be back on Friday with Kerry to raise the Stars and Stripes once again. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Picture of the US embassy (R) on Havana's Malecon seafront, on August 13, 2015. The former US Interests Section became an embassy on July 20, but no US flag flies over the building until US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Cuba on August 14 and formally inaugurates it. Three ex-Marines who lowered the US flag at the embassy in Cuba in 1961 will be back on Friday with Kerry to raise the Stars and Stripes once again. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 12: A young couple kiss on top of the fortifications of El Castillo del Morro, an old Spanish fort that stands at the mouth of the Port of Havana, August 12, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: A bronze bust of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln stands in a public park in the old part of the city August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Cuban workers set up a dais in front of the US embassy during preparations for its inauguration, on August 12, 2015 in Havana. The former US Interests Section became an embassy on July 20, but no US flag flies over the building until US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Cuba on August 14 and formally inaugurates it. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban workers put finishing touches to a building in front of the US embassy during preparations for the latter's inauguration, on August 12, 2015. The former US Interests Section became an embassy on July 20, but no US flag flies over the building until US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Cuba on August 14 and formally inaugurates it. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A man jogs in front of the US embassy (R) on Havana's waterfront Malecon, on August 12, 2015. The former US Interests Section became an embassy on July 20, but no US flag flies over the building until US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Cuba on August 14 and formally inaugurates it. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban workers unload floorboards in front of the US embassy during preparations for its inauguration, on August 12, 2015. The former US Interests Section became an embassy on July 20, but no US flag flies over the building until US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Cuba on August 14 and formally inaugurates it. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 12: The U.S. Embassy is reflected in a window of an apartment building as a woman enjoys the afternoon breeze on her balcony above the Malecon seawall August 12, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Workers set up a dais at the US embassy during preparations for its inauguration, on August 12, 2015. The former US Interests Section became an embassy on July 20, but no US flag flies over the building until US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Cuba on August 14 and formally inaugurates it. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A bus with the Cuban and US flags is seen on a beach in Havana, on August 12, 2015. Cuba and the United States have restored full diplomatic relations last month after more than a half century of enmity. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Workers talks under the shadow of a billboard as they start mounting the altar where Pope Francis will give a mass next September, at the Holguin Revolution Square, on August 12, 2015. Pope Francis will visit Cuba September 19 to 22 as part of a tour that will later take him to the United States. During his stay, the pope will say two big outdoor masses, one in Havana and the other in Holguin in the east of the island. AFP PHOTO / STR--/AFP/Getty Images
Workers start mounting the altar where Pope Francis will give a mass next September, at the Holguin Revolution Square, on August 12, 2015. Pope Francis will visit Cuba September 19 to 22 as part of a tour that will later take him to the United States. During his stay, the pope will say two big outdoor masses, one in Havana and the other in Holguin in the east of the island. AFP PHOTO / STR--/AFP/Getty Images
Workers start mounting the altar where Pope Francis will give a mass next September, at the Holguin Revolution Square, on August 12, 2015. Pope Francis will visit Cuba September 19 to 22 as part of a tour that will later take him to the United States. During his stay, the pope will say two big outdoor masses, one in Havana and the other in Holguin in the east of the island. AFP PHOTO / STR--/AFP/Getty Images
View of the US embassy (R) on Havana's waterfront Malecon, on August 12, 2015. The former US Interests Section became an embassy on July 20, but no US flag flies over the building until US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Cuba on August 14 and formally inaugurates it. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban workers set up a dais at the US embassy in Havana during preparations for its inauguration, on August 12, 2015. The former US Interests Section became an embassy on July 20, but no US flag flies over the building until US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Cuba on August 14 and formally inaugurates it. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks along the ledge of a building after hanging two giant Cuban flags, next to the US embassy, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. The embassy will hold a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 14 to raise the U.S. flag, to mark its reopening on Havanas historic waterfront. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Workers repair the San Isidoro de Holguin Cathedral in Holguin, Cuba, on August 11, 2015. Pope Francis will visit Cuba September 19 to 22 as part of a tour that will later take him to the United States. During his stay, the pope will say two big outdoor masses, one in Havana and the other in Holguin in the east of the island. AFP PHOTO / STR--/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban dissidents and members of the Ladies in White human rights group hold a Cuban national flag and pictures of imprisoned dissidents as they protest against the reopening of the US embassy in the island, in a park of Havana, on August 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Francisco JARAFrancisco JARA/AFP/Getty Images
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 12: Cuban boys use their mobile digital devices to play a wirelessly networked video game August 12, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A plaque with the United States' Declaration of Independence is seen on a wall at the US embassy in Havana -- the former US Interest Section -- taken on August 7, 2015. Last month, President Barack Obama unveiled a breakthrough deal with Cuba to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold war enmity. US Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to visit the island nation on August 14th to officially reopen the US embassy and fly the American flag over the building for the first time since January 3, 1961. AFP PHOTO / ADALBERTO ROQUEADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 12: Cubans pose for photographs on top of the fortifications of El Castillo del Morro, an old Spanish fort at the mouth of the Port of Havana as the sun sets August 12, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: A painted portrait of former Cuban President Fidel Castro stands in the doorway of a museum in the old part of the city August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: Cubans walk past a bronze bust of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in the old part of the city August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: Cubans stand in line for hours outside an ETECSA state-run telecommunication store to add credit to their mobile phone accounts or activate mobile email in the old part of the city August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: Cubans walk past a bronze bust of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in the old part of the city August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: Cubans stand in line for hours outside an ETECSA state-run telecommunication store to add credit to their mobile phone accounts or activate mobile email in the old part of the city August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 12: Cubans and tourists crowd the fortifications of El Castillo del Morro, an old Spanish fort at the mouth of the Port of Havana, in preparation for the daily canon firing ceremony August 12, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: Cubans walk past a bronze bust of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in the old part of the city August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 13: A woman reacts to a 'living statue' peformer in the old part of the city August 13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana Friday and raise the American flag at the reopened U.S. embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

On his 89th birthday, the former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has called for the United States to repay millions of dollars owed to his country for damage done by its decades-long embargo.

In an open letter published in Granma, the official Cuban Communist party paper, Castro said Cuba is "owed compensation equivalent to damages, which have reached many millions of dollars" due to US sanctions.

He also criticised the US for for a range of other things, including dropping the atomic bomb on Japan in World War II.

The op-ed comes as the US plans to raise its flag above the restored American embassy in the Cuban capital Havana, months after US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro - Fidel's younger brother - negotiated the normalisation of relations between their nations.

In fact, the three US Marines that took down the stars and stripes from the US embassy in Cuba more than 50 years ago have returned to Havana raise it once again.

Arriving for the ceremony, John Kerry will become the first US Secretary of State to visit Cuba in 70 years.

Fidel Castro did not directly mention restored relations in his letter, but back in January he issued a statement tentatively supportive of the agreement.

He said at the time: "I don't trust the policy of the United States nor have I had an exchange with them, but this does not mean a rejection of a peaceful solution to conflicts or the dangers of war."

Fidel Castro led Cuba from 1959, when he launched a revolution, until 2006, when health problems forced him to pass on power to his younger brother Raul.

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