February 1962: Cuba trade embargo

The United States enacts a trade embargo against Cuba "in light of the subversive offensive of Sino-Soviet Communism with which the Government of Cuba is publicly aligned." The White House statement says that "on humanitarian grounds exports of certain foodstuffs, medicines and medical supplies ... would be excepted from this embargo." The order, signed by President Kennedy on February 3, goes into effect on February 7.

* Full text of order: @
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* Earlier post on partial embargo (October 19, 1960): @

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