Assistant U.S. Defense secretary Arthur Sylvester declined comment this afternoon on a radio Havana report?
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Background: Assistant U.S. Defense secretary Arthur Sylvester declined comment this afternoon on a radio Havana report that Cuban anti-aircraft batteries had fired on unidentified planes. Sylvester did, however, say that the security of the western hemisphere demands continuous surveillance of Cuba, and he said any interference with such surveillance will meet counter-action, and surveillance will be maintained. The Havana radio report had said the planes penetrated deeply over Cuba. The radio report mentioned no results of the anti-aircraft firing. The inference is that the planes are U-S planes taking photographs of Soviet missile sites in Cuba.