US official: Kerry to offer no US apology for Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA- US Secretary of State John Kerry won’t say sorry for America’s atomic bombing of Hiroshima when he visits a revered memorial. A US official traveling with Kerry ruled out an apology ahead of Monday’s tour with other foreign ministers of the Peace Memorial Park

and Museum in the city where 140,000 Japanese died from the first of two atomic bombs dropped by the US in the closing days of World War II more than 70 years ago. Kerry, who will be the most senior American government official to have stopped by, planned to lay flowers, and was expected to express the sorrow that all feel upon reflection about the bombing — the first use of a nuclear weapon against an enemy in history. The official said Kerry intended to use the occasion to promote President Barack Obama’s vision of a nuclear-free world and the need to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The official previewed Kerry’s plans on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to publicly discuss them before the event.



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