Obama: Hiroshima memory must never fade



    Obama: Hiroshima memory must never fade

    May 27, Hiroshima: US president Barack Obama on Friday paid tribute to the 140,000 people killed by the world's first atomic bomb attack and sought to bring global attention to his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons.

    He has become the first serving US president to visit Hiroshima since the World War II nuclear attack.

    "Death fell from the sky and the world was changed," Obama said, after laying a wreath, closing his eyes and briefly bowing his head before an arched monument in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park that honors those killed on Aug. 6, 1945, when U.S. forces dropped the bomb that ushered in the nuclear age.

    Obama spoke to a number of survivors and in an address called on nations to pursue a world without nuclear weapons.

    At least 140,000 people died in Hiroshima and another 74,000 two days later in a second bombing in Nagasaki, according to reports.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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