The Cuban Missile Crisis
Telegram From the Department of State to the Mission to the United Nations


Washington, October 30, 1962, 9:50 p.m.

1141. Please request Narasimhan transmit confidentially to Rikhye by phone in Hindi following information for SYG. This should under no circumstances be sent by UN in clear to U Thant.

1. Before he left for Havana SYG requested information on results US aerial surveillance October 29. SYG should be informed results of October 29 surveillance inconclusive.

2. Moreover, since aerial observation not conducted October 28, pictures resulting from October 29 surveillance merely establish the initial base from which subsequent series of photographs must be made and evaluated.

3. Importance of making sure Soviets are complying with their own commitments will probably make urgent the resumption of air reconnaissance by Thursday, November 1.


Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.5211/10-3062. Secret; Niact; Limited Distribution. Drafted by Sisco, cleared with Hilsman and Ball, and approved by Cleveland.

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