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24 November 2017 07:50 (South Africa)

Obama tells Japanese he hopes to visit Hiroshima, Nagasaki in future

US President Barack Obama told Japan via a nationally televised interview that he wanted to do something no sitting president had ever done: visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two cities were hit by the atomic bombs that brought an end to World War II.  However, there is no space in his schedule to make such a visit this time around. Following his Prague speech about the possibility of a nuclear-free world and then his Nobel Peace Prize, there have been growing public calls for him to visit the two cities. Previous Peace Prize winners have made visits to both cities in the past, including former president Jimmy Carter.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made such a visit as well. The nationwide organisation for atomic bomb survivors requested a meeting with Obama, but it was declined because of his tight schedule. Obama is due in Tokyo on Friday to meet Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama before going on to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit in Singapore on Saturday. Read more: AP

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