BARACK OBAMA ON HISTORIC VISIT TO HIROSHIMA

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    BARACK OBAMA ON HISTORIC VISIT TO HIROSHIMA

    – America’s President, Barack Obama is set to visit Hiroshima this month. He becomes the first serving President of U.S to visit the Japanese City since it was hit by nuclear in 1945

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    BARACK OBAMA ON HISTORIC VISIT TO HIROSHIMA
    Barack Obama

    RIC VISIT TO HIROSHIMA

    Almost out of office United States President, Barack Obama is set  to visit Hiroshima this month  which will make him the first serving US president to travel to the Japanese city since it was hit by a US nuclear bomb in 1945.

    Between 21st  and 28th of  May this year , Obama is set to embark on Asian tour which will also take him to  Vietnam.

    A statement from Mr Obama’s press secretary read: “The President will make an historic visit to Hiroshima with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to highlight his continued commitment to pursuing peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons.”

    In ruling out any apology, the president’s communications adviser, Ben Rhodes, said on his Twitter page that the US would be “eternally proud of our civilian leaders and the men and women of our armed forces who served in World War II”.

    He said that Mr Obama would “not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb at the end of World War II. Instead, he will offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future”.

    He said the visit would “offer an opportunity to honour the memory of all innocents who were lost during the war”.

    Mr Rhodes added: “The President and his team will make this visit knowing that the open recognition of history is future that we seek for our children and grandchildren.”

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    BARACK OBAMA ON HISTORIC VISIT TO HIROSHIMA

    The Hiroshima bombing on 6 August 1945 killed 140,000 people. Along with a second bombing on Nagasaki – it is credited with ending World War Two.

     BARACK OBAMA ON HISTORIC VISIT TO HIROSHIMA
    relics of Hiroshima

    The White House said there would be no apology for the bombings.

    The bomb was nicknamed “Little Boy” and was thought to have the explosive force of 20,000 tonnes of TNT

    Colonel Paul Tibbets, a 30-year-old colonel from Illinois, led the mission to drop the atomic bomb on Japan

    The Enola Gay, the plane which dropped the bomb, was named in tribute to Col Tibbets’ mother

    The final target was decided less than an hour before the bomb was dropped. The good weather conditions over Hiroshima sealed the city’s fate

    On detonation, the temperature at the burst-point of the bomb was several million degrees. Thousands of people on the ground were killed or injured instantly

    BARACK OBAMA ON HISTORIC VISIT TO HIROSHIMA