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U Thant Seeks “Suspension” of Action on Cuba, JFK Says No

Oct. 24, 1962 - U Thant (pictured with President Kennedy last year), Acting Secretary General of the United Nations, addressed “urgent” appeals today to President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev to agree to a two-week or three-week “suspension” of their actions on Cuba. On the one hand, he urged President Kennedy to hold off the American blockade of Cuba. On the other hand, he called on the Soviet Premier to suspend the shipment of Soviet missiles to Cuba. A reliable source said Mr. Kennedy planned to send a polite rejection to Mr. Thant, thanking him for his efforts.

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