The White House announced this morning that president Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima since World War II. But don’t expect him to offer an apology for the use of atomic weapons to knock Japan out of the war. FOX news correspondent Kevin Corke has more from the White House.
It’s a visit that took more than 70 years. The White House announcing president Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, the Japanese city hit with an atomic bomb delivered by the U.S., effectively knocking the empire out of World War II. For the president, it’s a politically-sensitive move but one that’s already being applauded by Japanese lawmakers.
“I believe this will add great strength to getting closer to a world without nuclear weapons. And to realize such a world, I hope to do my utmost, together with President Obama.”
Critics say the visit could undermine how America’s role in the war will be perceived by future generations. But in an online post this morning, deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said the president will not apologize for the use of the bomb during the war, something survivors’ groups and anti-nuclear advocates have been pushing for. Instead, Rhodes says the president “will offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future.”
President Obama has made nuclear nonproliferation a priority and even won a Nobel Prize early in his first term for speaking out on the issue. The White House says this visit is another way of highlighting his goal of reducing nuclear stockpiles around the globe.
“The president intends to visit to send a much more forward looking signal about his ambition for realizing the goal of a planet without nuclear weapons.”
The president’s visit to Hiroshima comes in conjunction with the G7 meetings slated for Japan next weekend.
At the White House, Kevin Corke, FOX News