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John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, and Fidel Castro during the Cold War

Despite advice from President John F. Kennedy's Executive Committee of the National 
Security Council (ExComm) to pursue a militaristic approach, President Kennedy's coercive 
diplomatic exchanges with the Soviet Union through a naval blockade 
and letter communication prevented a full-scale nuclear war between the United 
States and the Soviet Union from occurring.