When Fidel Castro is telling you not to use nuclear weapons, then it really isn’t a good idea. If anybody knows anything about usurping power and using nukes to establishing a dictatorship and earn respect via force, Castro and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis is a quick case study.
In response to the situation in North Korea, Castro published a brief statement, his first in nine months, urging Kim Jong-Un to avoid using the nuclear weapons he has brazenly been touting.
"Now that you have demonstrated your technical and scientific advances, we remind you of your duty to the countries that have been your great friends, and it would not be fair to forget that such a war would affect ... more than 70% of the planet's population," he said.
"This is one of the gravest risks of nuclear war since the October Crisis in 1962 involving Cuba, 50 years ago," he wrote, a reference to what is known in English as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
If Kim Jong Un wanted the attention and respect of world leaders, this response from Castro certainly confirms that he has been successful in garnering both of those. But in America, the response has been a little more casual.