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Fidel Castro against Nuclear Escalation

Havana, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Fidel Castro has denounced the danger posed to the world by a new nuclear escalation in view of the stand the US and its allies have taken on the use of weapons of mass destruction.

During a radio, TV broadcast appearance until late Saturday night, the Cuban Head of State warned that the alliance of Washington, NATO and Israel tries to sow fear by threatening to use nuclear weapons.

It´s worrying that this alliance proclaims the right to use nuclear weapons against an alleged terrorist State and that Iran is being accused of terrorism, he pointed out.

In this regard, he said that the Washington-spearheaded threats stem from the fact that Iran has resumed its nuclear research work for peaceful ends.

Iran has not said it wants to produce nuclear weapons, but on the contrary, Fidel said while recalling that the Persian country has signed every nuclear-related agreement.

They want to pre-emptively ban Iran from producing nuclear fuel and demand from it to burn all its oil and gas, he added.

The Cuban president also referred to remarks made by President of France Jacques Chirac, who recently said that his country has the right to respond with nuclear weapons to "State leaders" who resort to "terrorist means."

He expressed concern over a country making such a claim, when all, instead, should ban the use of nuclear weapons, he stressed.

They are talking of using nuclear weapons as if it were water, he added, and lamented that a nation like France, which have not been behind US military adventures, has said made such statement.

The Revolution leader also denounced the threats made by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who said Iran does not have much time left.

What does she mean by that, what can one expect,? Fidel Castro wondered.

The Cuban president insisted it is necessary to fight for peace and secure a more just world where people were no longer plundered.

There is no other way, the world has never had so many problems as today, he stressed.

He referred to Washington´s hypocrisy as it keeps holding five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters in prison, when the US authorities say they are fighting such scourge.

He also referred to White House maneuvers to release terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, who is responsible for the blowing up of a Cuban civil plane in mid-air in 1976, killing all 73 people on board, among other acts of terror.

During his address to the nation, Fidel Castro also examined aspects related to the energy revolution which he launchd to overhaul an aging power system in Cuba.

Fidel Castro will continue his radio, TV broadcast appearance on Sunday evening, when he is expected to discuss issues of interest to national and foreign public opinion, particularly the US authorities maneuvering to release Posada Carriles, a well known international terrorist of Cuban origin.