US President Barack Obama arrived in Hiroshima, Japan city where America dropped Atom bomb in 1945. Accompanied by Japan president Shinzo Abe, Obama laid a wreath at Hiroshima peace memorial park on Friday. He paid tribute to 1,40,000 victims of world first nuclear attack.
“Seventy one years ago, death fell from the sky and the world was changed,” Obama told the assembled crowd. ” the world has a shared responsibility to ask how to prevent the suffering that took place in Hiroshima on 6 August,1945.
The bomb “demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself”.
We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in the not-so-distant past. We come to mourn the dead.
“Their souls speak to us, they ask us to look inward, take stock of who we are.”
But Obama choose not to apologise for the US attack.
Obama also greeted ageing survivors and embraced one elderly man who appeared overcome with emotion.
Japanese officials had initially discouraged Obama from coming, but the final ground was paved by Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited the memorial and museum in April.
Obama is expected to meet some survivors of the blast, most of whom were young children at the time their city was destroyed by the fist atom bomb used against humans. Many activists are demanding apology from US president for the dastardly act
“The dropping of the atomic bomb, the ushering in of nuclear weapons, was an inflection point in modern history,” Obama said during a news conference at the G-7 Summit in Japan.