By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has called on world leaders to exercise sobriety and avoid provoking Iran to go to war, saying a nuclear explosion might spell the end of the planet.
The President made a pitch for “peace in the world” amid the latest fiery war of words between the United States and Iran.
“Before anything else, there has to be peace in the world. The Korean Peninsula issue has to be resolved. Then we stop egging Iran to go to war,” Duterte said during the Asia-Pacific Healthy Islands Conference in Davao City Wednesday night.
“Let us decide that we avoid war because that would be disaster. I think it would be the end of planet Earth. And the residue of nuclear explosions, even if it’s just a limited number of even 100 would greatly change the ecosystem of the world,” he said.
Duterte said he hopes “cooler heads” would prevail to avoid a nuclear war and its destructive results. He said there was no point of talking about climate change if deadly nuclear missiles are launched.
“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,” he said.
“We appreciate nations who approach the problem with sobriety, understanding, and providing the cooler heads, so to speak,” he added.
Duterte recognized that China and other countries were already doing their part. He said nations must “do everything” to avoid all these troubles.
“If we do not do anything, if nobody listens to the plea of others just to take it, you know, with calm approach, we are the generation at this time that has to take [care of] our children. It is not yet their time,” he said.
Trump recently took to Twitter to warn that Iran would suffer consequences for threatening the United States. His tweet appeared to be in response to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks that war with Iran was the “mother of all wars.”
The Iranian leader however brushed off Trump’s empty threats, saying it will respond with action instead.
The US leader traded threats with the Iranian President in an exchange similar to that of the war rhetoric with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last year.