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Cuban leader Fidel Castro told a nephew of President John F. Kennedy recently that there would have been a rapprochement between his country and the United States had Kennedy not been assassinated.

Michael Kennedy, president of the Boston-based Citizens Energy Corp., held a midnight meeting with Castro during a five-day trip to Cuba in January to research the country's strapped energy resources, The Boston Herald reported Sunday."We asked for a meeting with Castro but didn't get it until on the last night of our trip. We were eating dinner when these cars came screaming up to the restaurant (and) guys jump out and say, `Come now, he's ready,"' said Kennedy, son of the late New York Sen. and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

Kennedy and Castro spoke for 3 1/2 hours on a wide range of subjects, including the political relationship between Castro and his chief U.S. rival, John F. Kennedy.

Tensions between the two nations peaked in 1962 when President Kennedy disclosed that offensive missile bases, with Soviet supplied arms, were being installed on Cuba and announced a naval blockade to prevent further arms shipments. Several tense days and a fear of nuclear war followed until Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed on Oct. 28 to remove the weapons.

Kennedy also said Castro may do a taped interview on the Cuban missile crisis for an exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.