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Highlights from President Kennedy’s Press Conference

Feb. 7, 1963 - Following are the highlights of President Kennedy’s news conference today:

Cuba — The President reported a decrease of 4,500 in the number of Soviet military personnel in Cuba since the October crisis. He added his assurances that Soviet forces did not now represent a military threat to the U.S.

Common Market — Mr. Kennedy said it would be “a disaster” if General de Gaulle’s opposition to British entry in the Common Market divided Europe and the U.S. in the face of the Soviet threat.

Strike — The President accused the parties in the New York City newspaper strike of failure to bargain responsibly and predicted two or three papers might die as a result. He said he did not feel that the machinery of the Taft-Hartley law could be extended to cover such disputes.

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