Kerry to visit atomic memorial in Hiroshima

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Posted: Apr 05, 2016 2:44 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will visit a memorial to victims of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima when he travels to Japan next week. He'll be the most senior U.S. official ever to do so.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday that Kerry will be in Hiroshima next week for a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven leading world economies.

Toner said the visit to a memorial peace park with other G7 foreign ministers would honor the memory of those who died during World War II and underscore President Barack Obama's vision of a world without nuclear weapons.

The U.S. atomic attack on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, killed an estimated 140,000 people.

Japanese news agency Kyodo reported foreign ministers from the U.S., Britain and France will be visiting the peace park for the first time.