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Castro: Soviets Can Remove Jet Bombers

Nov. 19, 1962 - Premier Fidel Castro informed the U.N. early today that he would not object if the Soviet Union removed the jet bombers it had sent to Cuba. The Premier withdrew Cuba’s previous assertion that the bombers had become Cuban property. He said the Ilyushin-28 bombers, which have a range of 750 miles and are capable of carrying nuclear bombs, were too old to be of any use to Cuba. Premier Castro’s letter opened the door to a solution to one of the principal remaining obstacles to a final settlement of the Cuban crisis. It was delivered to U Thant, Acting Secretary General, at 1 a.m.

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