US president Obama to visit Hiroshima on Japan and Vietnam trip



    US president Obama to visit Hiroshima on Japan and Vietnam trip

    May 10, Hiroshima: US president Barack Obama is to visit Hiroshima this month - the first serving US president to travel to the Japanese city since it was hit by a US nuclear bomb in 1945.

    The visit will be part of an Asian trip from 21-28 May that will also take in Vietnam, reports said.

    A statement from Obama's press secretary read: "The President will make an historic visit to Hiroshima with Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe to highlight his continued commitment to pursuing peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons."

    Obama will also take part in the G7 summit in Japan's Ise-Shima peninsula and hold bilateral talks with Abe. Before that Obama will meet Vietnam's leadership and deliver a speech in the capital, Hanoi, on US-Vietnam relations, according to media reports.

    Jimmy Carter has visited Hiroshima, but after the end of his presidency.

    A US ambassador attended the annual commemoration for the first time in 2010.

    The Hiroshima bombing on 6 August 1945 killed 140,000 people. Along with a second bombing on Nagasaki - it is credited with ending World War Two.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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