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U.S. Answers Castro Threats

Nov. 16, 1962 - The U.S. said today it would defend its aerial surveillance flights over Cuba if necessary and would continue them until the Castro Government agreed to better means of guarding against an offensive military build-up there. Officials promised to take “appropriate measures” to protect U.S. reconnaissance planes. Presumably they had in mind measures ranging from fighter escort for the planes to pinpoint bombing attacks on anti-aircraft installations. Soviet negotiators at the U.N. were urged by U.S. officials today to keep in mind that any interference with the reconnaissance planes could have serious consequences. The belief in Washington continues to be that the Soviet leaders wish to avoid another confrontation with the U.S. and will do their best to prevent attacks on the American planes flying over Cuba.

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