How far did the Arms Race heighten Cold War tensions 1949-62?- Cuban Missile Crisis

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How far did the Arms Race heighten Cold War tensions 1949-62?
Cuban Missile Crisis paragraph
The Cuban Missile Crisis, in the short term, heightened tensions in
the Cold War. This is because during the 13 days of the crisis, it
seemed like there was a real threat of nuclear war. Both had the
capacity to fight a nuclear war. The US knew that Cuba had
missiles placed there and it seemed they were "eyeball to
eyeball". The nuclear weapons were capable of destroying all
large cities in the US, except from Seattle. However, in the long
term, the Cuban Missile Crisis limited Cold War tensions. Kennedy
and Khrushchev both realised after the deescalation of tensions
how close they'd come to nuclear destruction, and this led to
attempts to limit nuclear warfare in the future. For example, the
Test Ban Treaty was signed in 1963 and was followed by the
Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty in 1968. Both limited the spread
of nuclear warfare. Further, a hotline between Moscow and
Washington DC was set up to allow easier discussions. Thus,
overall, the Cuban Missile Crisis both heightened tensions, as
there was seemingly a real threat, and decreased tensions
because of their realisation that they needed to prevent a nuclear
war.

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