Ambassador Stevenson speaking in front of the UN Security Council regarding USSR nuclear missiles in Cuba.

• It is the time when the world came nearest to annihilating itself in a nuclear holocaust which would have meant the end of civilisation. Missiles Discovered. US President John F. Kennedy was informed of the situation on 16 October. Wernher von Braun, Jupiter Missiles, and the Cuban Missile Crisis Posted on August 17, 2011 by launiusr Wernher von Braun and a model of the U.S. Army’s Jupiter ballistic missile. Cuban missile crisis In 20th-century international relations: The Cuban missile crisis Those antiquated Jupiter s, deployed in the early post-Sputnik scare, were already due for removal, but Kennedy would not do so under Soviet threat. The Cuban Missile Crisis took place at the height of the Cold War. The Cuban Missiles Crisis: Causes The Cuban Missile crisis was the most dramatic and dangerous moment of the Cold War. Equipped with nuclear warheads, the missiles were capable of hitting targets in the United States or Canada. On 14 October 1962, an American spy plane took photographs of Soviet ballistic missiles being installed in Cuba.