核兵器のない平和な世界へ
 

On the Brink of Nuclear War

During the Cold War, at one time, the world came extremely close to nuclear war. That was the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The US became angry when it learned that the Soviet Union was building a missile-launching site in Cuba. The US came very close to pushing the button to launch nuclear weapons. In the end, the US promised not to invade Cuba, and the Soviet Union cancelled its plan to put missiles in Cuba. Thus, a nuclear war was avoided. Actually, this incident reminded the world of the horror of nuclear weapons and was led to efforts to reduce the numbers of nuclear weapons.