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venty-one years after the United States dropped the world's first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, President Obama will become the first sitting president to visit the city since World War II but will offer no apology to Japan. Obama making the historic visit to Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
As part of an Asian trip at the end of May, the White House said, adding that, quote, he will not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb. Foreign policy reporter Matt Spetalnick says that last part is especially important.>> The White House had hotly debated internally the question of whether Obama should even go to Hiroshima.
There was and is concern that any perception that he's there to make an apology would be heavily criticized in the United States. However in Japan, we've heard from survivors and relatives of survivors of the bombing that they're not expecting an apology. What they want to see is further progress toward nuclear disarmament worldwide.
The Hiroshima attack on August 6, 1945, killed thousands of people instantly and about 140,000 by the end of that year. Nagasaki was bombed three days later, shortly followed by Japan's surrender and the end of World War II. Obama has made Asia a focus of his final year in office, working with Japan and its neighbors on a sweeping trade deal and stepping up an American military presence to counter a rising challenge from China.
>> However, this visit to Hiroshima is not so much for geopolitical reasons. It is more for legacy achievement for Obama. He has made a nuclear disarmament a center piece of his foreign policy since the beginning. To visit Hiroshima gives him an opportunity to hit on that issue hard one time with a very strong symbolic visit.
>> Obama will be in Hiroshima on May 27th.