SOVIET SHIPPING FROM CUBA
Information available as0 EST indicates that at least eight of the nine ships designated by the Soviets to carry missiles and missile equipment back to the USSR from Cuba now are under way.
We can confirm that five of them are carrying aofranvas-covered missile transporters, but information on the rest is not yet available,
The latest positions of six of the Soviet missile carriers puts them outbound from Cuba, headed for the North Atlantic. Two other ships left Marlel yesterday afternoon, having loaded missiles and related equipment. The ninth ship was still in the vicinity of Casilda late yesterday, probably loading missiles and missile At least one otber ship not identified byissile carrier appears to have loaded missile-associated gear and left Cuba for the USSR.
The Soviet passenger ship NIKOLAEVSK left Havanaovember.
le shipormal capacity ofassengers.
Low-altitude photographyovemberarge number of personnel also embarking on one of the missile carriers, the PIZIK RCRCHATOV. It seems likely that some of the other ships removing missile equipment from Cuba are carrying Soviet military personnel.
Photographyovember showed that the two partly assembledt San Julian airfield were not being worked on. There was no change in the status of otherr crates at either San Julian or Holguin.of the Sagua La Grande MRBM area was continuingovember.
SOVIET SHIPS REMOVING MISSILES FROM CUBA (as0ovember)
IVAN POLZUNOV FIZIK KDRCHATOV
ALAPAEVSK ALMETEVSK ALEKSANDROVSK
Under way Under way
Under way Under way
In port, Casilda
8 canvas-covered mls-Blle transporters
Associated equipment Associated equipment Associated equipment
Cargo Implied in Soviet Phone Conversation
2 missiles not cited not cited
missile transporters issiles
THE SOVIET POSITION
Tbe USSR no* seems to be hardeningeneralbased on the following premises:
re not part of the bargain.
Any inspection in Cuba will be tied tohant's plan"N presence in thetbe US, Cuba and other Latin Americanwill monitor the US commitment. (We have no clear understanding of this plan.)
The US will have to*be satisfied with the"alongside procedures" for verifying missile evacuation.
Now that all missiles have been evacuated or "are about tohe next step Is to eliminate theand to negotiate the US guarantee.
Last night's meeting between top US and Sovietat the UN reflected Moscow's apparent conviction that the quick withdrawal of Soviet strategic missiles from Cuba will serve to frustrate US demands for effective UNof dismantling and removal. The conversationsdisclosed that the USSR will continue to press for adeclaration from President Kennedy guaranteeing Cuba against invasion by the US and other Western Hemisphere countries.
Inovember talks with US representatives,took the position that the USSR had complied with its commitments on the withdrawal of offensive weapons from Cuba, and that it was now up to the US to live up to its own commitment on the question of guarantees for Cuba.outlining his view of US obligations, listed seven points comprising an elaboration of Castro's five demands together with what Kuznetsov referred toN presence in tbe Caribbean, including the US and other American states as well as Cuba. By claiming to endorsehant proposal, the USSR probably hopes toelftronger position on the questionUN presenca" in Cuba in case tbe USormalto Cuba on the grounds that the USSR has failed toa commitment to UN verification.
Kuznetsov again took advantage of Castro'sto any form of UN inspection in Cuba to reject Ambassador Stevenson's contention that the USSR had not fulfilled its commitment. The Soviet officialthat Implementation of verification procedures depended on Cuban agreement, which had not been Kuznetsov also rejected any speculation thatwarheads might have been left behind in Cuba,and added that warheads were taken out of Cuba immediately after the decision had been made to remove the missiles. He carefully limited his statement to warheads forand did not comment on Ambassador Stevenson'sthat Kuznetsov had said nothing about nuclear bombs. On the question of the', Kuznetsov rigidlythat these aircraft were never included in aof offensive weapons.
In an earlier conversationhant, Kuznetsov tried to pin down the precise relationship between Red Cross inspection personnel and the United Nations. He questioned the purpose of Red Cross inspection ofSoviet vessels inasmuch as all Soviet missiles were now on their way out of Cuba. hant stated that tbe ICRC had told him that it would not be responsible for the control or command of the operation. Thant then raised the suggestion of eliminating the Red Crossan! allowing the UN to assume complete control of the inspection machinery. Kuznetsov made no reply, but agreed to forward the proposal to his government.
Soviet officials continue to adhere to the position that Red Cross inspection can last only until theof the missiles is completed, and have assured US officials of Moscow's desire to put the operation promptly into effect. They have attempted to place the blame for the delay on the US for its failure to accept the offer of Soviet vessels for tbe Red Cross inspection personnel.
The official silence on the Mikoyan-Castro talks continues.
The Havana correspondent of the French AFP news agency reportedovember that according tofter four formal meetings negotiations
Tb* Chilean government is considering whether to break relatione with Cuba. Present Indications are that it will not break unless some or all of tbe other four OAS governments maintaining relations do likewise, or unless Cuba makes some new move infringing upon Chilean sovereignty. Chile's coaaercial relations with Cuba are evidently deteriorating.
Nicaraguan President Somoza probably expressed the views of most Caribbean and Ceptral American governments ln his press conferenceovember by saying that he believed Castro would continue his efforts to undermine his government to the point that collective militaryln Cuba might still prove necessary, with or without US participation.
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