Castro warns against attack on Iran
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro says a potential attack by Israel against Iran will lead to a "bloody war with incalculable global consequences", Press TV reported.
In a commentary titled "Genocidal Cynicism" and published in Cuban state-run newspapers, Castro wrote that, given the Islamic Republic's capability, population, and size, any such act of aggression would be ensued by graver repercussions than Tel Aviv's past attacks against Iraq and Syria, AFP reported on Monday.
Castro warned that the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear program would "bring the world to the edge of a nuclear war."
He said Israel, together with the United States and Great Britain, were three parties plotting to wage war against Iran.
The IAEA report, produced by the UN nuclear agency's Director General Yukiya Amano, was circulated among the 35 members of the agency's Board of Governors on November 8 ahead of the board's seasonal meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Vienna on November 17 and 18.
Iran dismissed the report as "unbalanced, unprofessional, and prepared with political motivation and under political pressure mostly by the United States."
The US, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program and have used this pretext to push for the imposition of sanctions on Tehran as well as to call for an attack on the Islamic Republic.
Iran argues that, as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Iranian officials have promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.