AFAIK was Castro who authorized the Russians to bring the nukes. In fact, after Kennedy abandoned the CIA operation in progress at Bay of Pigs, Castro knew it was a matter of time before Kennedy pay the price.
Originally Posted by Vaughn
Remember "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" ? Let's call the Russians.
Well, when the first Russian military officers landed in La Habana, they thought Castro just wanted to buy some arms.
Then they seized the opportunity and offer to install some nukes. Of course Castro said yes. By then Kennedy was getting heat from the Pentagon and step up surveillance.
Castro also was furious when he realized he was just used by the Russians (In some point he told Nikita he would not mind if Cuba was "erased" as a consequence of lunching any missile from Cuban soil)
Fortunately other attempts of using nuclear energy in Cuba were never completed. We all know about Pakistan, North Korea and Iran. Check Wikipedia for "Juragua Nuclear Power Plant" here:
Another interesting fact. Castro's son (Fidelito) was sent to the Soviet Union to study Nuclear Engineering and for years was the chief of the project. Ironic, right?
This site in central Cuba could be another point of interest for Steve to visit during the workshop (3 hours from La Habana)
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