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Kerry Makes Historic Visit To Hiroshima Memorial


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (center-left) puts his arm around Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida after they and fellow G7 foreign ministers laid wreaths at the cenotaph at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (center-left) puts his arm around Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida after they and fellow G7 foreign ministers laid wreaths at the cenotaph at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has made a historic visit to a memorial in Japan at the site of the world's first atomic bomb attack.

Kerry on April 11 became the most senior U.S. administration official to visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and Museum.

He and the foreign ministers from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan together toured the museum and laid flowers at the cenotaph commemorating those who died in the bombing.

The ministers are in Hiroshima for a meeting of the Group of Seven (G7) economic powers.

After the visit, the ministers issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to building a world without nuclear arms, but said the push had been made more complex by North Korea's repeated provocations and by the worsening security in Syria and Ukraine.

A U.S. B-29 bomber dropped a 15-ton nuclear bomb on the city on August, 6 1945, killing some 80,000 people instantly.

The bombing -- and a second one on Nagasaki three days later -- is credited with bringing to an early end to World War II.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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