"Let's get a lock for this thing"
The End of the cuban missile crisis
For both the Soviets and the United States, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest either nation came to using nuclear weapons to resolve a conflict. The realization by the both President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was that nuclear war was not a viable option for solving their differences. The question for both leaders was how to "lock the box" and prevent any future conflicts. Discussions were once again reopened between the two nations concerning the development of a workable nuclear test ban treaty. The hope was, that by doing so, there would also be a decrease in the development of additional larger, more powerful nuclear weapons.
Questions to consider:
- Describe the expressions of President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
- Who or what seems to be in control in the cartoon? Why do you think this is the case?
- To what extent did the Cuban Missile Crisis change the relationship of the Soviets and the United States?