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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fidel Castro Speaks with Cuban Scientists about Nuclear Threat

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 24 (acn) As part of his incessant battle to convince US President Barack Obama not to start a nuclear war, the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, met on Monday with Cuban scientists to speak about nuclear weapons and the dangers of a nuclear conflict.

For two hours, Fidel exchanged ideas with and asked questions to the President of the Agency of Nuclear Energy and Advanced Technologies of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, engineer Jose F.

Santana Nuñez; the General Director of the Meteorology Institute, Dr. Tomas Gutierrez Perez; the head of the Office for Science and Technology of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, Col. Jose Luis Navarro Marrero; and with Dr. Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, Scientific Adviser to the Council of State.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the bombs of uranium, plutonium and hydrogen; the nuclear weapons capability of the big powers; the area of radioactivity that a nuclear explosion can cause depending on the bomb’s power; the sinking of a Russian nuclear submarine in 2000; the so-called nuclear winter; and other topics were analyzed during the meeting.

Fidel spoke of the days of the Missile Crisis in 1962, the process that led to the installation in Cuba of Soviet nuclear missiles, and the mistakes of then presidents Nikita Khrushchev and John F. Kennedy.

“Kennedy himself was horrified at how close the war was,” Fidel said.

“We were not interested in having missiles or a base here. We worried about the image of the country. A Soviet base here would undermine the image of the Revolution and its influence in our region. Why did we accept
it? It was very difficult for us but we did it for the sake of internationalism,” the Cuban leader explained.

“Isn’t it a mad thing? In this planet, only 100 (nuclear) explosions would be enough to cause a nuclear winter,” added Fidel after noting that there are almost 25,000 nuclear weapons in the planet.

“Everything depends on one man; not because he is powerful but because he is the only one that can pull the trigger. If he doesn’t do it, the whole world will be grateful, even the millionaires and even Israel,” Fidel concluded.

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