22 May '16, 12pm

Obama - Hiroshima visit to emphasise current US ties with Japan

Obama - Hiroshima visit to emphasise current US ties with Japan

TOKYO: U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday his visit to Hiroshima, the first city to suffer an atomic bombing, would emphasise friendly ties between former enemies, and reiterated he would not apologise for the devastating attack. Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to tour the site of the world's first nuclear bombing this Friday, accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In an interview with Japanese national broadcaster NHK, Obama - who emphasized denuclearisation early in his term - said the reality is that leaders often have to make hard choices during times of conflict and no apologies would be included in brief remarks he is expected to make in the western Japanese city. "It's important to recognise that in the midst of war, leaders make all kinds of decisions, it's a job of historians to ask questions and examine them," Obama said. "B...

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