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December 10, 1962

OFFICIAL NOTE FROM THE US EMBASSY IN MOSCOW TO THE USSR FOREIGN MINISTRY

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    The U.S. Embassy releases a note from JFK stating that the quarantine in Cuba has been lifted on 20 November 1962.
    "Official Note from the US Embassy in Moscow to the USSR Foreign Ministry," December 10, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AVP RF; copy obtained by NHK (Japanese Television), provided to CWIHP, and on file at National Security Archive, Washington, D.C.; translation by John Henriksen, Harvard University https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111212
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Received by mail
10 December 1962
Translated from the English
No. 478


The Embassy of the United States of America is expressing its respect to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and has the honor of quoting from the Embassy's note No. 348 of 24 October 1962. The Embassy has been entrusted by its government hereby to bring to the attention of the Ministry the operational portion of the Proclamation, issued by the President of the United States of America on 21 November 1962, on the lifting of the quarantine announced on 23 October 1962.


"I, John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America, acting with the authority given to me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, hereby declare that at 23 hours 00 minutes Greenwich time on 20 November 1962, I rescinded the powers given to the Defense Department by Proclamation No. 3504 of 23 October 1962, and cancelled the orders it contained to the armed forces under my command."


The Embassy of the United States of America
Moscow, 10 December 1962
Translated by Ju. Sokolikov


[Source: AVP RF; copy obtained by NHK (Japanese Television), provided to CWIHP, and on file at National Security Archive, Washington, D.C.; translation by John Henriksen, Harvard University.]