US President Barack Obama is the first serving President of United States to visit Japanese city Hiroshima since it was hit by a US nuclear bomb in 1945.Obama will not apologise for the bombing
The visit will be part of an Asian trip from 21-28 May that will also take in Vietnam.
The Hiroshima bombing on 6 August 1945 killed 140,000 people. Along with a second bombing on Nagasaki ended World War Two.
A statement from Mr Obama’s press secretary read: “The President will make an historic visit to Hiroshima with Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe to highlight his continued commitment to pursuing peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons.”
“He will not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb at the end of World War II,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, Mr. Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, said in a post on Medium. “Instead, he will offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has shown no signs of pressing for an apology. He instead framed the May 27 visit as a chance to honor the dead and support the cause of nuclear disarmament.
The White House had said on Tuesday that Obama will meet Vietnam’s leadership to discuss ways for the US-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership to advance.
The White House had said Obama would also discuss cooperation across a wide range of areas including security, human rights as well as global and regional issues.
In capital Hanoi, Obama is expected to deliver a speech on US-Vietnam relations.
Obama will also meet members of the civil society, entrepreneurs and the business community.