Antigua Presses U.S. Again On Internet Gambling

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The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has come back into the media again as the country's Finance Minister spoke out about threatening sanctions against the U.S. if the country does not lift restrictions that prevent Antigua from hosting internet gambling.

Harold Lovell, Antigua's Finance Minister told the Associated Press that: "Absent a reversal of the U.S. government's illegal blockade of legitimate commerce from our nation, Antigua is prepared to explore the right to exact sanctions on industries in the U.S. "

Lovell's strong words come after U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk filed a Free Trade Challenge with the WTO against China for the country's subsidized exports of auto part.

While referencing Kirk's comments, Lovell went on to say: " Antigua and Barbuda hopes this unequivocal stance signals an end to the U.S. government's decade-long violation of WTO rulings in online gambling."