Resolution to the Cuban Missile Crisis


U Thant discussing the agreement with Anatoly Dobrynin

    Today, leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union have come to the agreement to dismantle weapons considered offensive in Cuba, and return said weapons back to the Soviet Union. Early in the morning Khrushchev sent a message to Kennedy, saying that they would comply and dismantle all weapons considered dangerous, “the Soviet government, in addition to previously issued instructions on the cessation of further work at the building sites for the weapons, has issued a new order on the dismantling of the weapons which you describe as 'offensive' and their crating and return to the Soviet Union.” With this statement it is in all likeliness that the Missile Crisis has ended.

    Meanwhile in the United Nations, Soviet foreign minister Anatoly Dobrynin meets with the current secretary general of the UN, U Thant, to confer some details regarding the negotiation. U Thant has been working with both United States and Soviet diplomats in order to help them etch out a deal regarding both present and possible future weapons located in Cuba. U Thant will be heading to Cuba to talk with Castro and finalize the deal by overseeing the dismantlement of the missiles. Though the missile crisis is perhaps over, the Quarantine of Cuba continues, which United States officials claim will end when there is a shadow beyond a doubt that the missiles have been completely dismantled and removed.

    While the deliberations continue in the United States, information from inside the White House declares that these deliberations are simply all flash and no substance, as Khrushchev and Kennedy have been in close contact since the beginning of the crisis working on coming to a resolution. This is similar to other information stating that Khrushchev and Castro and have been in contact agreeing on the United States’ settlement. Though it is speculative, some are saying that along with Cuba’s dismantling of the missiles, the United States is going to dismantle missiles on the Soviet Union’s border located in Turkey.

    Though this marks the close of the crisis, many speculate that this does not mark the close of tensions between the United States and Cuba. After our previous acts against Cuba, such as the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, it seems unlikely relationships with Cuba will ever be the same. Our quarantine does not contribute to that, our unwillingness to trust Cuba and allow them some peace does not seem proper in etiquette between nations. This does not bode well for our future, as Cuba’s proximity, and friendliness with the Soviet Union, along with the relationship we have now strained to its limit, will continue to cause paranoia and panic for the next several years if there is no attempt to mend it.

Works Cited
"Crisis Eases. Wary U.S. Awaits Missile Removal, 1962/10/29 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive." Universal International News. 29 Oct. 1963. Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine. Universal. Web. 17 Dec. 2010. <>.
This source was extremely helpful in two things, one is clarifying the style of which reports during this time used, the second was the information given. As a news report from the day the events took place, I was able to tell the information is reliable. Through my own separate research I found the information proved valid, finding that such meetings did take place and met with a large amount of success. It introduced the fact that the attorney general visited Cuba in order to oversee the preliminary deconstruction of the missiles, as well as the fact that the United Nations was included in the discussion over what to do.

"Crisis Eases. Wary U.S. Awaits Missile Removal, 1962/10/29 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive." Universal International News. Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine. Universal. Web. 17 Dec. 2010. <>.
This source is another partial news reel from the time in question, making it extremely reliable as well. This report confirmed that the missiles in Cuba were indeed being dismantled, as well as confirm that they were being sent back to the Soviet Union shortly afterward. It also put forward the fact that the United States continued to watch Cuba to make sure that they were not lying about dismantling the missiles, and would need to confirm it with more satellite pictures. It also makes the fact clear that the Quarantine was not canceled yet, and that it would not be until they could be absolutely sure that the missiles were to be sent back to the Soviet Union.

The Cuban Missile Crisis. History and Politics Out Loud: a Searchable Archive of Politically Significant Audio Materials. Web. 17 Dec. 2010. <>.
This site gave recorded audio of discussions between Kennedy and his cabinet. I can tell this source is reliable because the discussion taking place includes the voices of members of the cabinet and Kennedy, as well as the fact that they were released by the Kennedy library. These tapes gave me bundles of information including the personality of the discussion, and its degradation from logical process to paranoia and confusion. This information let me provide an excess of accuracy in my report, as well as the kind of tone that would be used after such a trying time. I believe that thanks to these tapes, both our website and our National History Day project will contain the proper tone of the government and the people.

Khrushchev. "The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: Documents." Letter to Fidel Castro. 30 Oct. 1963. The George Washington University. Web. 17 Dec. 2010. <>.
This source was useful in showing me classified documents from the dates of the Cuban Missile Crisis and some more important parts of the aftermath. As being part of a college's site, the information is very reliable, and is not questionable. The documents hosted include letters between Khrushchev and Castro, which included valuable information about the other side, which, may not be completely useful now, but will show its use at a later date.

Home - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Rep. Web. 17 Dec. 2010. <>.
This source is part of the John Kennedy museum, and as such, is an extremely reliable and valuable source regarding Kennedy's life, and more specifically the Cuban Missile Crisis. This article in particular, helped me understand more what people thought about the crisis because it contained the results of surveys that showed what people thought the reasons and consequences of what could have happened. Using that tone helped me construct my article easily, due to understanding more forcibly the kind of relief that was widespread when the crisis ended.