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Obama makes historic visit to Hiroshima

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>> Barack Obama on Friday becoming the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima, site of the world's first atomic bombing more than 70 years ago. With a few remaining survivors in attendance, it was an emotional, symbolic remembrance of the devastating attack that killed 140,000 people during World War II.
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Obama laying a wreath as a show of alliance between Tokyo and Washington.>> We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in a not so distant past. We come to mourn the dead. Mere words cannot give voice to such suffering.>> Obama had said before the trip he would not offer an apology, instead focusing on the pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons.
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Japanese president Shinzo Abe saying future generations should not be burdened by the sins of the past.>> It's our responsibility to make sure we don't repeat this horrible event regardless of where it is in the world.>> The visit stirring debate with critics accusing the US of holding onto its nuclear stock piles.
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Obama has invested heavily during his term in modernizing the US nuclear arsenal and Japan relies on the US nuclear umbrella. Obama also visited a museum with haunting displays of the attack, including photos of badly burned victims. The city of Nagasaki was hit by a second nuclear bomb in August of 1945 just days after Hiroshima, with Japan surrendering in the war six days later.