Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has warned Barack Obama and other world leaders to avoid nuclear war with Iran.
The 83-year-old has made a number of recent public appearances since his long period of seclusion due to illness. This was his first speech to Cuba’s parliament for four years.
Castro repeated his recent warnings that US pressure against Iran over its nuclear programme could push the world towards a holocaust.
Tehran would not give an inch to American and Israeli demands, he said, but would react violently. He urged other leaders to rein in Obama, who he said was not ‘cynical’ like Nixon or ‘ignorant’ like Reagan.
The 12 minute speech was far shorter than the long monologues of his heyday.
In front of his brother who succeeded him as president, Fidel made no mention of Cuba’s domestic situation.
Raul Castro has launched cautious reforms to try to revive the communist state’s stagnant economy.