Obama is the first sitting US President to visit the city, which was hit with an atomic bomb in 1945, in an attempt to hasten the end of World War II.

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United States President Barack Obama on Friday visited the Japanese city of Hiroshima, which was destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. He is the first sitting American President to visit the city.

“The memory of the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, must never fade,” Obama said at the city’s Peace Memorial Park. “We stand here in the middle of this city and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell … we listen to a silent cry.”

“We must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without (nuclear weapons),” Obama added. “We must promote diplomacy instead of wars.”