Never had the world been closer to a nuclear holocaust. When President John F. Kennedy announced the presence of nuclear weapons on Cuba pointed at the United States, and threatened to invade the island if Khrushchev refused to remove them, many thought it was the beginning of a nuclear war. After thirteen intense days of negotiations and a naval blockade, Kennedy and Khrushchev reached an agreement. That November, the president announced triumphantly on television that the Soviet Union would withdraw all of its missiles from Cuba. In exchange, Washington would dismantle its own missiles on Turkish soil.
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