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Castro Interviewed in Havana by British Newsmen

June 1, 1962 - Premier Fidel Castro spoke to two Western newsmen for an hour and a half in a Havana bar early today, declaring that he was “very worried” about the possibility of a U.S. move against Cuba. Castro’s three-car party stopped at 2 a.m. outside the bar, and the Premier accepted an invitation by two British newsmen to step inside for a talk. It was his first lengthy interview with Western reporters in a year. Answering questions in English over coffee, Premier Castro said he would have no interest in going to Washington at an invitation by President Kennedy because “it would serve no purpose.” “We have only one enemy, and that is the U.S. Government,” he said. “But I don’t hate the American people. I like them. They are hard-working people. But we are very worried. They are planning something — of that we are sure.” “We are very grateful for the help we are getting from the Soviet Union,” Castro said. “Where else are we going to get it?” Asked if Cuba was “exporting” her revolution, the Cuban Premier replied: “We are exporting only the example.”


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