- U.S. President Barack Obama visited the site of the 1945 Hiroshima bombing
- The American leader called for the eradication of nuclear weapons in militaries around the world
- Obama’s visit is part of USA and Japan’s stance to foster reconciliation between the two countries
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for the eradication of nuclear weapons in militaries around the world during his visit to the historical site of the 1945 Hiroshima bombing.
In an article published by Reuters that was wired to GMA News Online on May 27, 2016, it was disclosed that the American leader wrote on the official guestbook his sentiments regarding the “agony of war” and called for global participation in promoting peace.
“We have known the agony of war, Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons,” Obama wrote in his guestbook entry.
Obama’s visit is part of the American and Japanese governments’ stance to foster reconciliation between the two countries and to showcase their alliance despite their infamous past.
In 1945, soldiers from the United States of America dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan; killing at least 140,000 people.
In the succeeding months, more fatalities were recorded in nearby cities due to the effects of the nuclear destruction; raising the total number of casualties to over 240,000.
“We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in the not so distant past. We come to mourn the dead, including over 100,000 Japanese men, women and children, thousands of Koreans and a dozen Americans held prisoner. Their souls speak to us,” Obama said.
According to the website of the Arms Control Association, nearly 16,000 warheads are currently being kept by militaries in the USA, United Kingdom, France, Israel, Pakistan, India, Russia, China, and North Korea.
Among the aforementioned countries, Russia is presently at the top of the list; having at least 7,700 active warheads.