Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fidel Castro returns to TV with dire warning of nuclear conflict

In rare appearance, Cuba’s former president, 82, analyses Middle East situation and says Iran will not be cowed by the US

Joe Tuckman in Mexico City

The Guardian/UK, July 13, 2010

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro speaks on Cuban television Former president Fidel Castro speaks on Cuban television, the second time in less than a week that he has made a public appearance. Photograph: ReutersThe Middle East is on the verge of a nuclear war triggered by a US attack on Iran in the name of preventing the country from developing its own weapons, according to ageing Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro.

“To do this on the basis of a calculation that the Iranians are going to come running out to ask the Yankees for forgiveness is absurd,” Castro said. “They [the US] will encounter a terrible resistance that will spread the conflict that cannot end up any other way than turning nuclear.”

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