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U.S. Officials: Construction of Soviet Missile Bases Continues in Cuba

Oct. 26, 1962 - The White House made public tonight a new intelligence report showing that construction of Soviet missile bases in Cuba was proceeding at a rapid rate with the apparent intention of “achieving full operational capability as soon as possible.” High officials said that such work could not be allowed to continue indefinitely. They indicated that, unless work on the sites came to a halt within a few days, the U.S. must consider what further action should be taken toward achieving its objective of the elimination of the missiles. These and other developments strengthened the impression in the capital that the Government was looking beyond the effort to settle the Cuban crisis at the United Nations and toward the possibility of further direct action by the U.S.

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