US President Barack Obama plans to visit the Japanese city of Hiroshima at the end of the month and will be the first US President to do so since a US nuclear bomb struck the city in 1945. A few months ago, Obama was the first US President to visit Cuba since the 1920’s.
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US President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima at the end of the month and will be the first US President to do this, the White House stated. Obama continues to make historic trips during the end of his term, after recently being the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928. Also former US President Jimmy Carter visited Hiroshima but that was after he no longer was serving as President.
The visit was arranged in the framework of Obama’s Asia tour, where he also plans to visit Vietnam. The White House stated: “The US President will arrange a historic tour of Hiroshima together with the Japanese government in order to stress his emphasis on world peace and ensuring global security without nuclear weapons.”
Obama’s media adviser Ben Rhodes stated that the US President will not speak about the use of nuclear weapons in world wars but will address his vision regarding the common future of humanity. While in Japan, Obama will also partake in the G-7 Summit, which Japan is hosting.
A nuclear bomb struck Hiroshima in 1945, causing the death of 140,000 people. Several days later, a similar bomb struck Nagasaki, killing tens of thousands of people. These two nuclear bombs brought an end to World War II, with the Japanese Emperor announcing his unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces within a week after these incidents.