US President Barack Obama in the framework of its tenth trip to Asia in the period from 21 to 28 may will pay a visit to Hiroshima, reports Reuters, citing a White house statement.
Obama will become the first active American presidents have visited Hiroshima, after the U.S. armed forces in August 1945 dropped on this Japanese city atomic bomb.
Obama will visit Hiroshima, the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.
As stated in the statement of the press Secretary Obama, quoted by bi-Bi-si, the President will make a historic visit to Hiroshima together with the Prime Minister [of Japan] to underscore its continued commitment to peace and security without nuclear weapons”.
The bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was carried out by the armed forces of the United States on 6 and 9 August 1945 respectively and became the only ever example of the combat use of nuclear weapons. The number of deaths directly from bombing amounted to more than 70 thousand people. By the end of 1945 from the action of radiation and other effects of pending estimated the number of deaths, according to various estimates, from 90 to 166 thousand thousand.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter went to Hiroshima, but after he left the presidency.