The Kansas City Times reports on Oct. 29 that the Soviet Union's offer to dismantle its missile bases in Cuba is met with subdued optimism in the U.S.
The Kansas City Times reports on Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s announcement that work on nuclear missile-launching bases under construction in Cuba will stop and its missiles be shipped back to the Soviet Union in exchange for the lifting of the U.S. naval blockade of Cuba. President John F. Kennedy had imposed the quarantine on Oct. 24 to halt further shipments of arms to the communist island after surveillance photos detected Soviet bombers and nuclear weapons there.
Khruschchev also agreed to let the United Nations inspect the dismantling.
The Cuban Missile Crisis lasted barely two weeks in October 1962, but it brought the world’s superpowers to the verge of an armed conflict that could have started World War III. According to an Associated Press analysis at the bottom of the page, the crisis “may go down in history as a decisive turning point in the global cold war. … In this crisis, unlike so many others, the United States seized the initiative and kept it all the way.”