Top Cuban official: Obama lied during Copenhagen climate conference

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Cuba's foreign minister called President Barack Obama an "imperial and arrogant" liar Monday for his conduct at the UN climate conference, a reflection of the communist island's increasingly fiery verbal attacks on the US government. Bruno Rodriguez spent an hour and a half lambasting Obama's behavior in Copenhagen, telling a news conference, "at this summit, there was only imperial, arrogant Obama, who does not listen, who imposes his positions and even threatens developing countries." He called the summit "a fallacy, a farce" and said Washington used back-room deals and strong-arm tactics to foist on the world a deal that he labeled "undemocratic" and "suicidal" because it urges - but does not require - major polluters to make deeper emissions cuts. Rodriguez also said Cuba and other poor nations have refused to recognize the agreement because they weren't permitted to participate in its development. He singled out comments Obama made during a news conference in Copenhagen, when the US president said no agreement had yet been reached but he was confident one would before the summit ended. "Obama knew he was lying, that he was deceiving public opinion," the foreign minister said.