MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday urged nations to calm down and avoid triggering Iran to go to war as this could lead to a nuclear catastrophe.
“We stop egging Iran to go to war. Because then if that’s what will happen, even about a few hundreds of missiles, nuclear, then there’s no use of talking about climate change,” Duterte said in a climate change conference in Davao City.
“The nuclear explosion, every time it’s being done, eats or erodes the dignity of Earth altogether. And so it behooves upon the leaders of nations who are really there and who can make the change, they can do much. And we appreciate nations who approach the problem with sobriety, understanding and providing the cooler heads, so to speak.”
The President also warned that a full-scale nuclear war would result in hunger and devastation of the next generation.
Duterte’s statement comes in the wake of the exchange of threats between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Iran faces increased U.S. pressure and looming sanctions after Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 international deal over Iran’s nuclear program.
Rouhani on Sunday cautioned Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying “war with Iran is the mother of all wars”, but did not rule out peace between the two countries.
Responding to Rouhani, Trump warned Iran of consequences "the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered," if it threatens the United States. - with AFP, Reuters