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President Obama to visit memorial to nuclear bombing in Hiroshima

President Obama to visit memorial to nuclear bombing in Hiroshima

President Barack Obama will visit a memorial to the victims of the U.S. atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima during World War II, the White House said Tuesday.

The visit this month will be the first by a sitting U.S. president.

The United States dropped the first nuclear weapon on Hiroshima on the morning of Aug 6, 1945. Some 140,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the blast and the months that followed.

The United States dropped a second bomb on the port city of Nagasaki 3 days later. Japan surrendered, ending the war.

Obama will not revisit the decision to use the weapons, a White House spokesman said, but will use the visit to mark his desire for...

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