September 3rd, 2010
09:53 AM ET

Castro warns of nuclear danger

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro led his first open-air rally Friday since a near-death illness four years ago, urging thousands of students packed on the steps at the University of Havana entrance to help prevent a nuclear war.

"I thank you all for your presence and moral support in this fight for peace," Castro said at the end of his 44-minute speech. "I exhort you to not abandon this battle. As in past fights, we can win."

After four years of virtual seclusion, Castro re-emerged in public in July, but mostly in small, tightly controlled events. He has visited an economic think tank, an aquarium and given a shorter speech to the National Assembly.

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  1. Michelle (mish)

    He said it was his "undeniable duty" to keep leading the fight and warn the world that a nuclear war could break out between the United States, Israel and Iran unless U.S. President Barack Obama took action to prevent it.

    WHY HAVEN'T WE HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THIS FROM OBAMA HIMSELF TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE....AFFRAID TO GO PUBLIC ON THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT THERE PRESIDENT "PLASTIC PROMISSES aka ALL TALK" THERE PREDIDENT OBAMA

    September 3, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. james carter

    What the hell is castro warning someone about nucluer wipe out. He can't clean his own butt much less warning the youth about nucluer power. He could have been taken out and should have been after he declared no free election back in the 46 era. What an idiot–well maybe I'm wrong and should say what idiot we are and this no good congress.

    September 3, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dale

    I think castro is getting a bit delussional in his old age,however talk for peace is never a bad idea,maybe he can get his friends in north korea back to the table.

    September 3, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Trash

    Wow Michelle (mish), you appear totally and utterly clueless.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    @Michelle (mish) Maybe Obama hasn't said antything about it because there's nothing to say. That is, maybe, just maybe, Castro gave a semi-delusional, semi-senile rant about something that isn't even in the works, at least from our end. Maybe Obama has better things to do than to respond to irrelevant retired despots. Just a few guesses.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Beans

    Michelle (mish) did you just make that up?

    September 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bruce

    I smell fear in some of you people...the world will END regardless of what u say!!! Use ur time wisely!

    September 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |