Mr. Obama to be the first US President to visit Hiroshima


The White House on Tuesday announced that Barack Obama to be the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima after US atomic attack on Hiroshima 70 years ago.

On 27 May, Obama is going to fulfill his desire to visit one of the two Japanese cities where thousands of people died due to nuclear blast at the end of World War II.

This visit to Hiroshima gives emphasis on the America’s commitment ‘to pursue the peace and security of world without using nuclear weapons’. "He will not revisit the decision of using the atomic bomb at the end of World War II. Instead, he will offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future," Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser, wrote on Medium Tuesday. Japan’s President Shinzo Abe will accompany the President during the visit.

According to the White House, Obama will be on his Asia tour from 20-28 May. He will also participate on the G-7 Summit in Japan and will visit Vietnam afterwards. Obama and Shinzo will visit the Shinzo Hiroshima memorial park at the end of the summit where atomic bombs were dropped by the US 70 years ago.