Cuban Missile Crisis: October 29, 1962
|Speaker:||John F Kennedy|
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962. United
States — Foreign relations — Soviet Union.
See resource for
October 18, 1962 for brief description of the Cuban Missile crisis and previous
clips in this series for timeline events up to this date.
October 29: JFK orders US ships to remain on the quarantine line and authorizes
continuation of low-level reconnaissance flights. Soviet deputy premier Vasily Kuznetsov
meets with U Thant to work out details for the removal of the missiles from Cuba.
Citing Khrushchev’s October 28th letter agreeing to remove “those weapons you describe
as offensive,” JFK decides that until the Soviets remove the IL-28 nuclear bombers,
which the US has classified as “offensive weapons,” the quarantine cannot be lifted.
Summary of conversation:
Tape 43.0, October 29, 10:00: Discussion of the latest intelligence and the need
JFK reads statement announcing the creation of a coordinating committee, chaired
Rusk argues for continuing surveillance today while waiting for developments in
JFK states that the committee must immediately address the question of how to maintain
Rusk recommends that surveillance and the quarantine remain in effect until UN machinery
Some discussion of whether U-2 flights are technically capable of revealing any
Kennedy insists that only continued aerial photography can prove whether the missile
Discussion of the continued Soviet presence in Cuba. JFK concludes that “we just
Kennedy notes that it is difficult to trust the Soviets since they apparently deceived
JFK expresses the hope that we can use this moment to initiate a “decent deal in
Kennedy expresses support for Ambassador Adlai Stevenson’s leadership at the UN,
As he is about to leave the room, the president calls his secretary, Evelyn Lincoln,
November 21: Just over a month after the crisis began, JFK terminates the quarantine