Fidel Castro made his first television appearance in four years but didn’t address his country’s strained relationship with the United States, instead criticizing the U.S. for setting the table for nuclear war with Iran and the Korean Peninsula.
“I think that the danger of war is growing a lot,” Castro told the interviewer, a government reporter. “They are playing with fire.”
The Cuban leader will be 84 in August.
The TV appearance also coincided with Cuba’s decision to free 52 political prisoners, the most massive such release in a decade. The first of the prisoners were being readied Monday for transfer to Spain.
He may only have talked about foreign affairs but it does indicate that he is aware of current affairs and what is going on around him. Not mentioning the prisoner releases could be a message that at least he does not object.