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Soviets Agree to Dismantle Bases in Cuba, 1962

Premier Khrushchev agrees to end the Cuban Missile Crisis in exchange for the United States promising not to attack Cuba, The Sun reports on Oct. 29.

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    The Baltimore Sun
  • Date
    October 1962
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    Front Page
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The Baltimore newspaper states that the 13-day crisis was resolved when the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle its nuclear  missile bases in Cuba under United Nations supervision. President John F. Kennedy is quoted as calling Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s decision “an important and constructive contribution to peace.”

The main story notes that Khrushchev earlier had offered to take Soviet missiles out of Cuba if the U.S. removed NATO missiles in Turkey. The story says the U.S. rejected the deal, and Khrushchev did not mention the condition in the new offer. (Later, it would become known that Kennedy secretly agreed to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey.)

Meanwhile, the paper says Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro has demanded that the United States give up its naval base at Guantanamo Bay on the island “as a guarantee that Cuba will be safe from aggression.”

Another story mentions a letter Kennedy sent to U.N. Secretary General U Thant, noting there was no indication that the Soviet dismantling had begun and that the U.S. would maintain a naval blockade of Cuba until there was such evidence.



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