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End of the Cuban Naval Quarantine, 1962

Kennedy lifts the quarantine after the Soviets agree to remove their bombers.

Statement Announcing the End of the Cuban Naval Quarantine
November 20, 1962

[The first three sentences of a statement to be made by President Kennedy at his Press Conference at 6:00 p.m. on November 20, 1962.]

I have today been informed by Chairman Khrushchev that all of the IL-28 bombers now in Cuba will be withdrawn within 30 days. He also agrees that these planes can be observed and counted as they leave. Inasmuch as this goes a long way toward reducing the danger which faced this Hemisphere four weeks ago, I have this afternoon instructed the Secretary of Defense to lift our naval quarantine.

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