Barack Obama is the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima since a nuclear bomb was dropped on the city over 70 years ago. Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remembered those who died and stressed the reconciliation that followed.
The military conflagrations of the 20th century marked the beginning of a new, terrifying phase of warfare: the age of aerial bombing.
Japan has marked the 72nd anniversary of the US nuclear attack on the city of Hiroshima, which killed 140,000 in total by the end of 1945. Warnings about the current threat posed by North Korea were also issued.
German President Joachim Gauck has wrapped up his diplomatic trip to Japan by laying a wreath to honor nuclear blast victims in Nagasaki. The 1945 tragedy was 'unnecessary' and serves as a warning for our time, he said.
Japan has marked the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Its leaders called for a nuclear-weapons-free world and urged leaders to follow Obama and visit the bomb sites.
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