US President Joe Biden said on Thursday (06) that the world is closer to Armageddon than it has been since the US crisis. Cuban missiles from 1962, at the height of the Cold War.
“For the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, we have the threat of a nuclear weapon if things continue from the way they are now,” Biden declared at a fundraising event organized by the Democratic Party in New York state.
The US president indicated that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, is in a situation where it is difficult to find a way out – especially after the latest military setbacks in Ukraine – and that he is probably looking for solutions that will allow him to save face.
Biden also commented that he knows him “very well ” and who knows he wasn’t kidding when he said he could use tactical or biological nuclear weapons, since his Armed Forces are showing a lower level than expected.
“I don’t think you can use tactical nuclear weapons without ending up in Armageddon,” the president commented.
The missile crisis dates back to October 2016 , when the US discovered on the day 15 of that month that the Soviet Union had installed 42 missiles in Cuba with medium-range nuclear warheads aimed to its territory.
The return of the Guantánamo base, the lifting of the financial embargo and the end of subversion and ideological propaganda, acts of piracy on the Cuban coast and sabotage were the points that the then Cuban leader Fidel Castro -died in 2016 -, led to negotiations.
On the brink of a nuclear confrontation, then US President John F. Kennedy and the then Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev negotiated a solution to the crisis against the clock through an exchange of letters between 25 and 28 October de 1962.
The Cubans practically learned of the agreement through the press, despite their understanding of it. provisions include the dismantling and withdrawal of missiles from its territory – along with the withdrawal of 56 US missiles located in Iran and Turkey near the southern border of the Soviet Union.