John Kerry, the United States of America Secretary of State and Group of Seven ministers visit the revered memorial to the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. John Kerry became the first sitting secretary of state to visit Hiroshima.
Kerry, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and other foreign ministers from the Group of Seven, who are in Japan for two days of talks, visited the site of the world’s first use of an atomic weapon in warfare on Monday local time.
Their trip was a stark reminder that looming over the current round of G7 talks is the history of the city they are being held in. It also comes a day after State Department Official said, Kerry will not apologize for the twin bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Hiroshima was devastated when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city in August 1945. The bomb, which led to the end of World War II, killed 140,000 people either initially from the impact or later due to radiation exposure. Three days later, the United States dropped a second bomb on the port city of Nagasaki, killing about 70,000 people.
Under tight security, the diplomats laid wreaths at Peace Memorial Park then walked to the Atomic Bomb Dome. The ruin, which is the only structure, left standing near the bomb’s hypocenter, services as a memorial to the people killed in the bombing.