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Barack Obama to visit Hiroshima on Asia trip

US President Barack delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist", Obama pledged to lead a broad coalition to fight IS and work with "partner forces" on the ground in Syria and Iraq.  AFP PHOTO/POOL/Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist", Obama pledged to lead a broad coalition to fight IS and work with "partner forces" on the ground in Syria and Iraq. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Tokyo: Barack Obama is to visit Hiroshima this May — the first serving US president to travel to the Japanese city which was the target of a US nuclear attack in 1945.

The visit will be part of an Asian trip from May 21-28 that will also take him to Vietnam, BBC reported.

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

Jimmy Carter visited Hiroshima, but after the end of his presidency.

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

The president’s communications adviser, Ben Rhodes, said Obama would not revisit the use of the atomic bomb in World War Two but would “offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future”.

Obama will also take part in the G7 summit in Japan’s Ise-Shima peninsula.

–IANS

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