Fidel Castro Calls North Korea the Biggest Nuclear Threat Since Cuba's Missile Crisis

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As tensions rise concerning North Korean threats to attack the U.S. using nuclear force, Fidel Castro recently shared his concern over the current crisis and urged American politicians to avoid confrontation with the communist country’s leader Kim Jong Un.

In Cuba’s national newspaper Granma, the 86-year-old politician warned, “If a war breaks out there, there would be a terrible slaughter of people” referring to both North and South Korea and added, “with no benefit for either of them.” This is a serious stance given Castro’s difficult history with the U.S., including the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, which ensued after Fidel allowed the Soviet Union to place nuclear weapons in the island in order to use against the U.S.

"This is about one of the most serious dangers of nuclear war since the October Crisis around Cuba in 1962, 50 years ago," wrote the dictator, who stepped down in 2008. He also added, “Now that [North Korea] has demonstrated its technical and scientific achievements, we are reminded...that such a war would affect more than 70 percent of the population of the planet."

He ended his piece with the statement, "If a conflict of that nature should break out there, the government of Barack Obama in his second mandate would be buried in a deluge of images which would present him as the most sinister character in the history of the United States. The duty of avoiding war is also his and that of the people of the United States."

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