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Adlai Stevenson

United Nations Security Council Address on Soviet Missiles in Cuba

delivered 25 October 1962::::::::
"I deeply appreciate the spirit which prompted your message of yesterday. As we made clear in the Security Council, the existing threat was created by the secret introduction of offensive weapons into Cuba, and the answer lies in the removal of such weapons.

In your message and your statement to the Security Council last night, you have made certain suggestions and have invited preliminary talks to determine whether satisfactory arrangements can be assured.

Ambassador Stevenson is ready to discuss promptly these arrangements with you.

I can assure you of our desire to reach a satisfactory and a peaceful solution of this matter.

Signed, John F. Kennedy." ::::::

I have nothing further to say at this time, Mr. President.

ZORIN: [remarks to the Security Council]

STEVENSON: Mr. Zorin and gentlemen, I want to say to you, Mr. Zorin, that I don't have your talent for obfuscation, for distortion, for confusing language, and for doubletalk. And I must confess to you that I'm glad I don't. But if I understood what you said, you said that my position had changed, that today I was defensive because we didn't have the evidence to prove our assertions that your Government had installed long-range missiles in Cuba. Well, let me say something to you, Mr. Ambassador -- we do have the evidence. We have it, and it's clear and incontrovertible. And let me say something else -- those weapons must be taken out of Cuba.

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