>> Cuba said on Wednesday it was investigating allegations by the United States that unspecified incidents caused physical symptoms in Americans serving at the US embassy in Havana. A US government official said several colleagues at the embassy were evacuated back to the states for hearing problems and other symptoms over the past six months.
Some subsequently got hearing aids, said the official. Media outlets reporting that covert sonic devices may have been planted in or around diplomats' residences have caused the hearing loss. A claim the FBI is reportedly investigating. As a result, the United States, in May, asked two Cuban officials in Washington to leave the country.
They have done so. An action that Cuba describes as unjustified. Reuters' Yeganeh Torbati.>> The reason these incidents are so troubling beyond the possibly permanent hearing loss of these diplomats may have suffered. If it's true that agents of the Cuban government carried out these acts It seemed to violate a major treaty that Cuba signed, as well as the United States.
That obligates countries to protect the diplomats and the diplomatic premises, of other countries that are based there. The US first learned of the issues of the embassy in late 2016. The state department, while vague on details, said it was looking into the incidents.>> We don't have any definitive answers about the source or the cause of what we consider to be incidents.
We're talking that situation seriously and it's under investigation right now.>> So this incident of course comes just a couple years after the United States and Cuba sort of reopened full diplomatic relations. Cuba reopened its embassies in the United States, and the United States reopened its embassy in Cuba.
Now if it is found that elements of the Cuban government authorized or allowed for this to happen or even directed these attacks, These incidents, that might raise questions in the Trump administration about whether we continue to have that Embassy open.>> The Cuban Foreign Ministry is cooperating and denies it would allow any actions against diplomats.