Obama becomes first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima

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HIROSHIMA, JAPAN - Seventy-one years after the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, by the U.S. during World War II, President Obama is making history.

Barack Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of attack.

Hiroshima's former Mayor, Tadatoshi Akibar, says he's pleaded to every president, since Ronald Reagan, to pay the city a visit. Akibar says the president is "making that real".

The commander-in-chief's message included the threat of nuclear weapons and the importance of avoiding them at all costs. He says countries "must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them."

President Obama met with some of the bombings survivors.

Many protesters, outside the side, demanded an apology from the U.S.

The president did not give one; instead, he spoke of moving forward and highlighted the dangers of these weapons of mass destruction.

Although history cannot erase itself, President Obama is making it noted . . . it shouldn't be repeated.


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