HAVANA, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Cuba on Friday demanded that Washington stop its covert plans to subvert the island's communist government, a day after a U.S. news agency exposed such a scheme.
"The U.S. government must respect International Law and ... cease its illegal and covert actions against Cuba," the Cuban Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry issued the statement in the wake of an Associated Press report Thursday which revealed that Washington launched a covert plan in 2009, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to establish an online service in Cuba, similar to Twitter, that they could eventually use to sow political discontent among Cubans.
"The information contained in the article ... confirms the Cuban government's repeated claims" of covert anti-Cuban activity, and "once again shows the U.S. government has not renounced its subversive plans against Cuba," the ministry said.
Such schemes aim to "destabilize the country and provoke change in the political order," it said, adding the United States " continues to earmark multimillion-dollar budgets each year" to what U.S. legislators call "regime change".
Washington has admitted that USAID funded and installed the online service, called "Zunzuneo" (Spanish for "twitter"), but denied its covert objective.
The program, Washington insists, aims to deliver unrestricted news and information to Cubans.
The United States has maintained an economic blockade against Cuba since 1962.