========================= ========================= It now transpires that those sighs of relief when Kennedy forced Khruschov to remove his Strategic Nuclear Weapons from Cuba in '62 were a little premature. Apparently, but unknown to the West, Cuba also held a fistful (over 100 !) of Tactical Nuclear Weapons too; which were not covered by the K & K agreement. <<..There had been a second secret missile crisis that continued the danger of a catastrophic nuclear war until the end of November 1962. This extended the known missile crisis well beyond the weekend of 27-28 October, the time that had always been thought of as the moment the danger finally lifted with the deal between Kennedy and Khrushchev to withdraw the Soviet missiles in exchange for a US promise not to invade Cuba. The secret missile crisis came about through an unnerving mix of Soviet duplicity, American intelligence failures and the mercurial temperament of Fidel Castro...>> BBC News - Cuban missile crisis: The other, secret one Whatever opinion one holds of Diplomats the Russian in the above account certainly earned his crust!