THE CRISIS USSR/CUBA

Created: 11/10/1962

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SOVIET SHIPPING FROM AND TO CUBA

Information available aa0 EST Indicates tbat all nine of the ships Identified by the USSR as assigned to remove tbe ballistic missiles and their associated equipment from Cuba now are en route toSR.

Alongside and overhead Inspection by DS naval units bas established that eight of these ships areotal ofanvas-covered missiles and transporters as deck cargo. The last five missiles, out of the total ofuznetsov says were ln Cuba, are aboard the IVANaccording to preliminary observation -at daybreak today. The USSR is using the ninth ship listed byand two other freighters to removeequipment.

In the verification procedures being followed, US naval vessels come alongside the Soviet ships for visual inspection of the deck cargo. Ifin most cases this is beingphotographs are taken from helicopters. The Soviet ships are required tothe outer canvas covering of the missiles but are not being asked to remove the inner covering,ubber Jacket. Tbe Soviet ships are not required to stop, and US naval forces are not boarding these

Sovietat least some of the ballistic missileare leaving Cuba.of one of tbe missile carriers, the ALAPAEVSK,en on deck and cots and blankets in one of tbe holds. Similarly, the BRATSK was observed to have abouteople on deck, Including women. At least one other ship was photographed with personnel

aboard.

There are at presentroviet dry cargo ships en route to Cuba. Cargo information is available on five of these ships, which are carrying normal civil goods such as fertilizer, lumber, wheat and motor vehicles. Five Soviet tankers also are en route to Cuba. Inthe passenger ship GRUZIA,ittle moreassengers on board, also is en route to Cuba. This shipormal passenger capacity of morend may be scheduled to return still more Sovietto the USSR.

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SOVIET SHIPS KKMOVING MISSILES FROM CUBA (as0 EST, ovember)

LABINSK

BRATSK

HETALLTJRG ANASOV Under way

DIVNOGORSK

Under way

VOLGOLES

Under way

Under way

IVANway

FIZIK KURCHATOV Under way

LEWINSKY KOMSOMOL

ALAPAEVSK

ALMETEVSK

ALEKSANDROVSK

Cargo

2 missiles and

8 missiles and

2 missiles and

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missiles and

missiles and

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Associated equipment Associated equipment Associated equipment

issiles and

Deputy Foreign Minister Kuznetsov yesterday protested to Ambassador Stevenson and Mr. McCloy, on instructions fron his government, over "very unpleasant events" vhlch had taken place vlth respect to Sovlot ships sailing from Cuba to the USSR. The masters of three SovietALEKSANDROVSK, DIVNOGORSK, andreported to Moscow that they had been asked by US destroyers to open their hatches under threat of force if they did not comply with thisdemand."

Kuznetsov complained that such action on the part of the US vessels was In "gross contradiction" with the US-Soviet understanding on inspection. Re further emphasized that the interference had occurred outside the quarantine zone.

He also noted that the DIVNOGORSK and VOLGOLES were missile-carrying ships and had been visuallyby US vessels prior to the Incident. The ALEKSANDROVSK, he said, was not carrying missiles and not included in the Soviet list of ships subject to visual observation.

Late yesterday Mr. McCloy advised Kuznetsov thatomplete report was not available, theinvolved in at least one of tho incidents vas not veil qualified in Russian, and that anyregarding the opening of hatches probably resulted from poor translation.

He then pointed out that since some of the Soviet shipsifferent number of missiles than the US had been advised, the Soviets should be liberal vlth us as to vhat ships are observed.

U Thant's new proposal for on-site verification, as was suspected, turned out to be use of the five Latin American ambassadors still in Cuba. Buncheovember showed the US delegation the draftetter from the Secretary General to Castro suggesting these ambassadors be Invited to serve as an Inspection team. The Cuban UN delegate asked for andopy of the draft letter, but made no comment on its contents.

Mass demonstrations to express support of Cubanue "across the breadth and length ofccording to the Peiping press. The Chinese may keep up the popular rallies while Mikoyan ls in Cuba,iew to encouragl Castro to resist Soviet pressures.

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THE SITUATION IN CUBA

Results from the ten low-level photographic missions flown over Cubaovember were not available as0 this morning. Delivery to Washington was delayed yesterday afternoon and evening by bad weather. analysis will be available this afternoon.

No high-level missions-were flownovember.

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The official silence on the Castro-Hlkoyan talks

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Meanwhile, Cuban CM delegate Lechuga ls reported to have declared ln New York that Cuba regards theombers as Its property and has no intention of giving then up.

Some Cubans may have been trained to fly the Soviet1 military peraonnol are probablyin Cuba to oversee assembly and perhaps tofurther training of

A CIA source who has just left Cuba reports that Soviet military personnel in Pinar del Rio province were overjoyed at the prospect of leaving Cuba when news of Khrushchev's missile withdrawal announcement reached them. Many of them got drunk to celebrate. They sold watches, boots, and even eyeglasses to raise cash for liquor. Liquor stores nearby were sold out.

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LM board meeting in The Hagueovember, the airline decided not to resume service to Havana. Pan American Airways, Hexicana, and Iberia have also decided against resuming service to Cuba for the time being or haveecision. This leaves only the Czech, Soviet and Cuban airlines serving Cuba. Czech and Cuban service has been drasticallyby the shortage of adequate aircraft and recently by maintenance problems.

OTHER WESTERN HEMISPHERE DEVELOPMENTS

Cuban radio broadcasts to other Latin American countries during the past several days have given particular attention to Venezuela. The broadcasts vigorously deny any Cuban complicity in the recent sabotage in the Venezuelan oilfields, calling lt the justified actionenezuelan people fighting the Betancourt "dictatorship" which hasolicy of "shameful submission to tbe dictates of North American imperialism." "When the people arrive at the conclusion that all paths to freedom have beenne broadcast declared, "they becomeand resort to the only path which is always available: that of armed protest and violence."

Inrominent Conservative party leader has publicly recommended that Canada cut off diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba. George Hogan, who hasPrime Minister Diefenbaker's campaign manager for three years, also proposed that Canada give the senior Canadian Air Force officer In NORAD authority to place Canadian defenses on the alert. He said these actions would indicate Canada's solidarity with the US and restore the confidence of Canada's allies and "perhaps our own self-respect."

The Mexican government has apparently decided not to break with the Castro regime for the time being. Although it had been clearly preparing the publicreak, the official line to Mexican newspapers during the past few days has been that the crisis appears past.

.ng to the thesis that Castro should beto "wither on the vine." The officialsthe DS has made very substantial gains asof the crisis. Mexican ambassador Bosqueslikely to return to Havana after several

defense forces haveigh state of readiness as Is customary during holidayS reconnaissance flight in the Black Sea area onovember prompted more fighter reaction than usual.

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