WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 1962 (UPI) -- Russian jet bombers as well as rockets must get out of Cuba, the Defense Department announced today as the United States resumed its naval blockade and alerted aerial reconnaissance squadrons.
A Defense Department spokesman said President Kennedy is listing Russian Ilyushin-28 bombers, capable of carrying a nuclear payload, as "offensive weapons."
The disclosure came following a Pentagon estimate that Russia had based 20 IL-28 jet bombers with ranges of 750 miles on Cuban soil to back up at least 30 medium range ballistic missiles.
The issue of the bombers was raised today during a Pentagon briefing at which it was pointed out that Soviet Premier Khrushchev did not specifically refer to bombers in his promise to remove offensive weapons from Cuba.
Also, announcements during UN Secretary General Thant's two-day visit to Cuba had referred only to missile bases.
It was because of Thant's visit -- aimed at obtaining Premier Fidel Castro's agreement to a UN-supervised removal of the missile sites -- that the United States had suspended the blockade for 48 hours.
Kennedy met for 45 minutes with the executive committee of the National Security Council.
U. S. officials said it was evident that Thant did not get very far in his talk toward setting up arrangements for UN verification of the missile removal.
The question of whether aerial flights over Cuba had resumed was not answered by the Defense Department. The spokesman also declined to say if the blockade force had intercepted Cuba-bound vessels since the quarantine had been reinstituted.
Despite Castro's apparent unwillingness to allow inspection of the missile sites, there were no indications of a breach in the agreement between the U. S. and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to take them away.
Thant said he had reliable information that the Russians will have completed dismantling their long-range missiles in Cuba by tomorrow.
Soviet First Deputy Premier Anastas Mikoyan was en route to Cuba on a trouble-shooting mission, with a stop-over in New York. Mikoyan's Havana mission may be to boost Castro who will address his nation tonight.
Kennedy called off a news conference scheduled for late today because of the clouded Cuban situation. The White House said it would be rescheduled after this week when the situation was "clarified."
Defense Department officials said U. S. ships kept a close watch on the Cuban shipping lanes during the two-day suspension. They said "nothing has been left uncovered" in the deployment of warships.
Regardless of Castro's attitude toward UN observers, there appeared to be nothing he could do about removal of the missiles. Mikoyan's trip to Havana was seen in Moscow as an attempt by Khrushchev to tighten his coordination with Castro and bolster Soviet prestige on the island.
Thant said the Cuban government will ship home the body of Air Force Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr., 35, for "humanitarian reasons." Anderson was reported missing on a reconnaissance flight over Cuba Saturday.
The Pentagon said it was "the first word that the department has had that Maj. Anderson was shot down over Cuba." The department had originally reported him missing, and said reconnaissance planes had been fired on over Cuba.