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    PRESIDENT KENNEDY ANNOUNCED AT HIS NEWS CONFERENCE LAST NIGHT (TUESDAY) THAT HE HAD ORDERED THE LIFTING OF THE NAVAL QUARANTINE THE ARMS BLOCKADE -- AROUND CUBA.

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    TRANSCRIPT: THE PRESIDENT - "I HAVE TODAY BEEN INFORMED BY CHAIRMAN KHRUSHCHEV THAT ALL OF THE IL-28 BOMBERS NOW IN CUBA WILL BE WITHDRAWN IN 30 DAYS. HE ALSO AGREED THAT THESE PLANES CAN BE OBSERVED AND COUNTED AS THEY LEAVE. INASMUCH AS THIS GOES A LONG WAY TOWARDS REDUCING THE DANGER WHICH FACED THIS HEMISPHERE FOUR WEEKS AGO, I HAVE THIS AFTERNOON INSTRUCTED THE SECRETARY OF DEFENCE TO LIFT OUR NAVAL QUARANTINE.



    "NEVERTHELESS, IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE UNDERSTANDING OF OCT. 27 AND 28 REMAIN TO BE CARRIED OUT.



    "THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT HAS NOT YET PERMITTED THE UNITED NATIONS TO VERIFY WHETHER ALL OFFENSIVE WEAPONS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND NO LASTING SAFEGUARDS HAVE YET BEEN ESTABLISHED AGAINST THE FUTURE INTRODUCTION OF OFFENSIVE WEAPONS BACK INTO CUBA.



    "CONSEQUENTLY, IF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE IS TO CONTINUE TO BE PROTECTED AGAINST OFFENSIVE WEAPONS THIS GOVERNMENT HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO PURSUE ITS OWN MEANS OF CHECKING ON MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN CUBA.



    "WE WILL NOT, OF COURSE, ABANDON THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND OTHER EFFORTS OF THIS HEMISPHERE TO HALT SUBVERSION FROM CUBA, NOR OUR PURPOSE AND HOPE THAT THE CUBAN PEOPLE SHALL SOME DAY BE TRULY FREE. BUT THESE POLICIES ARE VERY DIFFERENT FROM ANY INTENT TO LAUNCH A MILITARY INVASION OF THE ISLAND.



    "IN SHORT, THE RECORD OF RECENT WEEKS SHOWS REAL PROGRESS, AND WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT FURTHER PROGRESS CAN BE MADE. "THE COMPLETION OF THE COMMITMENT ON BOTH SIDES AND THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A PEACEFUL SOLUTION OF THE CUBAN CRISIS MIGHT WELL OPEN THE DOOR TO THE SOLUTION OF OTHER OUTSTANDING PROBLEMS.



    "AND FINALLY, OVER THE LAST WEEKEND THE CHINESE HAVE MADE GREAT ADVANCES IN NORTHEASTERN INDIA. NOW THEY HAVE OFFERED SOME KIND OF CEASE-FIRE PROPOSAL AND WE ARE IN TOUCH WITH THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT TO DETERMINE THEIR ASSESSMENT OF IT. IN ORDER TO BETTER ASSESS INDIAN NEEDS, WE ARE SENDING A TEAM TO NEW DELHI, HEADED BY ASSISTANT SECRETARY AVERELL HARRIMAN, INCLUDING ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENCE PAUL NITZE AND OTHER REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DEFENCE DEPARTMENT AND STATE DEPARTMENT. IT WILL LEAVE TOMORROW.



    "IN PROVIDING MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO INDIA, WE ARE MINDFUL OF OUR ALLIANCE WITH PAKISTAN. ALL OF OUR AID TO INDIA IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFEATING CHINESE COMMUNIST SUBVERSION.




    Initials KC/N/WS/GH



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: PRESIDENT KENNEDY ANNOUNCED AT HIS NEWS CONFERENCE LAST NIGHT (TUESDAY) THAT HE HAD ORDERED THE LIFTING OF THE NAVAL QUARANTINE THE ARMS BLOCKADE -- AROUND CUBA.

    THE PRESIDENT EXPLAINED THAT HE DID THIS BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN INFORMED DURING THE DAY BY PREMIER KHRUSHCHEV, THAT ALL SOVIET JET BOMBERS IN CUBA WOULD BE WITHDRAWN WITHIN 30 DAYS.

    PRESIDENT KENNEDY ALSO COMMENTED ON THE CHINESE CEASE FIRE PROPOSALS AND SAID THAT A HIGH LEVEL OFFICIAL MISSION WAS GOING TO INDIA TO ASSESS THE SITUATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA970ELSCCLNF1PQ8WQVZZOLLOB
    Media URN:
    VLVA970ELSCCLNF1PQ8WQVZZOLLOB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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