578. Telegram 2291 from USUN, December 121

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Dept pass White House. Eyes Only Secretary. Ref: Deptel 1593. Cuba.

In interests of condensation we made several drafting changes in text set forth in reftel before submitting it to Kuznetsov today, as reported in USUN 2292 paras 2, 3, 4 and 5 of that text were altered to read as fol. Other paras unchanged.

“The Soviet Union states that it has dismantled all of the missile sites which it constructed in Cuba, and that it has removed from Cuba all of the missiles, 42 in number, all of the IL–28 bombers, also 42 in number, and all nuclear weapons, missile components, and launching apparatus which it introduced into Cuba.

“The Soviet Union, in cooperation with the US, arranged a procedure for substantial verification at sea of the removal of all of said missiles and bombers which the Soviet Union declared it had introduced into Cuba, and their removal was verified by the US.

“In connection with the removal of the above-mentioned weapons, the Soviet Union states that it will not reintroduce into Cuba those of other weapons systems of a similar or comparable offensive character.

“On the basis of these statements and acts of the Soviet Union, [Facsimile Page 2] the US on Nov 20, 1962 lifted the quarantine against the introduction of further arms, which it had imposed around the island of Cuba on Oct 24, 1962.”

  1. Transmits changes to shorten the draft text before submitting joint report to Kuznetsov. Top Secret. 2 pp. DOS, CF, 737.56361/12–1262.