Written by Tharushan Fernando
11 May, 2016 | 9:45 am
President Barack Obama is set to make a historic visit to the site of the U.S. atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, Japan, in hope of advancing his goal of nuclear disarmament.
President Obama will be the first American sitting president to visit the site.The visit fulfills a wish Obama expressed early in his presidency to visit the location where tens of thousands of Japanese civilians were killed in a nuclear blast at the end of World War II.
The White House has said the United States does not owe Japan a formal apology for using the atomic bomb in August 1945 but will serve as a reminder, the terrible destruction that nuclear weapons can inflict.
According to Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, the President will not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb at the end of World War II, and instead,will offer a forward-looking vision focused on the shared future of the two countries.
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