The Miami Herald
Oct. 21, 2002

After Cold War, warmth

Kin of rivals have meeting

  Associated Press

  BOSTON - Caroline Kennedy and Sergei Khrushchev met at the John F. Kennedy Library 40 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis in what organizers called
  ``the first meeting between the children of the men who in 1962 saved the world from a nuclear world war.''

  Their fathers, President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, were at the center of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a moment historians believe
  was the closest the world has come to nuclear war.

  ''It was quite emotional to realize that when our fathers transformed the hours of danger into the beginnings of a process for peace,'' Caroline Kennedy
  said. ``They did it for us and for all children threatened by a world at war.''

  The two viewed documents and letters exchanged between their fathers during the crisis and examined a copy of the 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
  signed by their fathers that had been kept by Caroline's mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

  They did not speak to the media about their meeting Sunday.

  About 850 people attended a forum discussion that included Khrushchev, former Kennedy advisors Arthur Schlessinger Jr. and Theodore Sorensen, and
  Josefina Vidal, first secretary of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, the official voice of the Cuban government in the United States.

  Sergei Khrushchev said his father decided to send missiles to Cuba because he felt an obligation to defend it.

  Khrushchev compared the defense of Cuba to the American commitment to defend West Berlin. He said both superpowers needed to assure their allies
  they were serious in their commitments.

  The crisis began when Kennedy learned that Cuba had Soviet nuclear missiles capable of reaching the United States. Days later, he ordered a naval
  blockade of Cuba.

  The crisis ended two weeks later when Khrushchev promised to remove the nuclear missiles in exchange for a promise by Kennedy not to invade Cuba.
  The United States also agreed to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey, a Soviet neighbor.