The Cuban Missile Crisis
Editorial Note


The 37th meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council was held at 3:45 p.m., December 17, 1962. According to Bromley Smith's summary record:

"At the conclusion of the meeting there was a discussion of the U.S. statement which was to be released if it is decided to make separate and disagreed U.S./USSR statement on Cuba to the UN."
"Ambassador Stevenson handed to the President a draft of the proposed statement. The President received it, saying that he would make a decision later in that day."

McGeorge Bundy's record of action of the meeting states:

"A U.S. statement for use in the event it is decided to make separate and disagreed U.S. and USSR statements on Cuba to the UN Secretary General was revised and agreed upon." (Both December 17; Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Meetings and Memoranda Series, Executive Committee, Vol. III, Meetings, 33-37, 12/6/62-12/17/62)

The draft statement discussed and approved at the Executive Committee was sent to the Mission at the United Nations; see Document 251.

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