The US mounted the world's first nuclear bombing on the Japanese city at the end of World War Two. Obama will speak at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park and make the case for nuclear disarmament. However, he will NOT offer an apology.
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.
US President Barack Obama has decided, after some delay, to visit Hiroshima on his trip to Asia later this month. He will be the first US president to visit the city since its annihilation by a US atomic bomb in 1945.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will honor the "souls of those who died in the war" with US President Barack Obama in Pearl Harbor. However, he would offer no apology for the WWII attack, Abe's office said.
President Obama has laid a wreath at a memorial in Hiroshima, paying tribute to the victims of the world's first nuclear attack. He has also called for fewer nuclear weapons, but did not apologize for the bombing.
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