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Cuban Missile Crisis
⟶ Updated 21 Sep 2017 ⟶
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Cuba became communist after the revolution lead by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.
The CIA’s NPIC reviewed the photographs taken of the MRBMs in Cuba.
Robert Kennedy meets with soviet foreign minister Andrei Gromyko, who claims the Russian missiles in Cuba are purely for defensive purposes.
Ex-Comm meet and suggest setting up a blockade around Cuba which they call a “quarantine”, as a blockade is an act of war.
President Kennedy gives a televised speech to the United States citizens, informing them that missiles have been discovered in Cuba, that the US has ordered a quarantine around Cuba and that the Soviets have been ordered to remove the missiles.
Soviet Ships on their way to Cuba are stopped and turn back.
Khrushchev refuses to remove the missiles from Cuba saying the Soviets “will not be intimidated by the US”.
Beginning to believe the US would never be able to convince Khrushchev to remove the missiles from Cuba, Ex-Comm discuss plans to invade Cuba and take the missiles out. This would almost certainly result in war.
Kennedy agrees to Khrushchev’s proposal that if Kennedy promises to never invade Cuba, Khrushchev will take the missiles out of Cuba. Kennedy also secretly agrees to remove the US missiles from Turkey that Khrushchev sees as being a threat to the Soviets.
Khrushchev announces on Radio Moscow that he has agreed to Kennedy’s proposal and will remove the missiles from Cuba.
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