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Guevara: Cuba Planned Nuke Attacks on Key U.S. Cities in October

Dec. 10, 1962 - Cuba planned nuclear attacks against key U.S. cities, including New York, in retaliation against any new invasion of the island, Ernesto (Che) Guevara (pictured) told a Communist newsman recently. The Argentine-born industries minister made the statement to a correspondent of the London Daily Worker in an interview. The statement and several others were edited out of the published interview by Communist editors. UPI obtained a copy of the original text of the interview from a reliable Western source. “If the rockets had remained, we would have used them all and directed them against the very heart of the United States, including New York, in our defense against aggression,” Guevara said. The interview took place two weeks after the Russians had crated 42 missiles in Cuba and shipped them home under pressure of the U.S. naval blockade. In Washington, Secretary of State Dean Rusk termed Guevara’s censored remarks “just talk,” but said they pointed to the wisdom of U.S. action in prevailing upon Russia to remove the rockets.

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