Jerry P. Shinley Archive:Subject: JFK's 1962 Trade Embargo against Cuba
JFK's 1962 Trade Embargo against Cuba
Date: 5/15/00 7:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time
The Department of State Bulletin Feb 19, 1962 p 283
President Proclaims Embargo on Trade with Cuba
White House Announcement
White House press release dated February 3 
The President announced on February 3 an embargo upon trade between the United States and Cuba. He said that on humanitarian grounds exports of certain foodstuffs, medicines, and medical supplies from the United States to Cuba would be excepted from this embargo.
The President acted under the authority of Section 620(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. He stated in his proclamation that the embargo was being imposed in accordance with the decision [to expel Cuba from the Organization of American States] of the recent meeting of foreign ministers of the inter-American system at Punta del Este, Uruguay.
The President pointed out the embargo will deprive the government of Cuba of the dollar exchange it has been deriving from the sales of its products in the United States. The loss of this income will reduce the capacity of the Castro regime, intimately linked with the Sino-Soviet bloc, to engage in acts of aggression, subversion, or other activities endangering the security of the United States and other nations of the hemisphere.
[end of announcement]
This seems to be the 1962 "blockade" which Russo mentioned in his grand jury testimony. As Russo mentioned, it allowed the export of medicine and it was related to an action taken by the Organization of American States.
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