President: New Policy Will Speed Change in Cuba

Cubans watch Cuban president Raul Castro on TV while he addresses the country, on December 17, 2014 in Havana.

Photographer: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Obama said restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba will speed change on the island, in a defense of his new policy punctuated by a light-hearted joke about the nation’s long-time dictator, Fidel Castro.

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