Obama to become first President to visit Hiroshima

Barack Obama will become the first sitting US President to visit the Japanese city of Hiroshima after the nuclear attack by US aircraft in 1945.

10 May 2016 17:44

Barack Obama will arrive in Hiroshima along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and then go to Vietnam, writes the BBC Russian Service with reference to White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest.

“President will pay a historic visit to Hiroshima, together with Prime Minister Abe to underline his commitment to a peaceful and safe world, free of nuclear weapons,” Ernest said.

In April, the city was visited by US Secretary of State John Kerry. He laid a wreath in memory of the victims of nuclear explosion and left a note in the guest book. Kerry said he was proud to be the first Secretary of State to visit Hiroshima. 

It was reported that Obama might visit the city, but accurate information was not provided then. As of now, the US sitting presidents have not visited Hiroshima yet. In 1984, former US President Jimmy Carter arrived in the city, but his powers had expired by that time.

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