Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro took part in a gathering for Japanese atomic-bomb survivors organized by the Cuban government and a Japanese NGO on Thursday in Havana, criticizing the use of nuclear weapons and the current existence of 22,000 such devices globally. The Asahi Shimbun reports that Fidel Castro said he wants to visit Fukushima next year.
“Nuclear plants should not be built, because they are very dangerous objects,” the 85-year-old former Cuban president said at the Global Hibakusha Forum on March 1 in Havana.
The Cuban leader talked with an atomic bomb survivor from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and a witness of the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, after the March 2011 earthquake, Cuba’s nightly TV news program reported on Thursday.
At the meeting, the participants learned of Cuba’s experience in treating more than 26,000 victims of the nuclear accident at Ukraine’s Chernobyl plant, as told by Cuban physician Julio Medina, director of the Hospital de Tarara, where for 21 years victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, most of them children, have received medical attention.