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JFK: No Prospect of Normalizing Relations with Cuba

Mar. 6, 1963 - President Kennedy today brushed off reported Cuban overtures to re-establish friendly relations with the U.S. Linking the question to continued use of the island as a base for communizing Latin America, the President declared: “I don’t see any evidence that there is in prospect a normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States.” The Chief Executive indicated that this country will attempt to counter the Communist effort by working with Latin Americans in limiting the movement of Red agents and propaganda to and from Cuba. The President said discussions of ways to accomplish these actions would be undertaken at his conferences with five Central American presidents in Costa Rica on March 18. At the same time, he said, there is no immediate need for open military action against the Communists in this hemisphere.


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