>> 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.
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.
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.
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.