Kerry says Hiroshima atomic bomb museum "stunning", "gut-wrenching"

April 11, 2016 10:58


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HIROSHIMA - John Kerry, who on Monday became the first US secretary of state to pay respects at Hiroshima's memorial to victims of the 1945 US nuclear attack, described a museum there as "stunning" and "gut-wrenching" and said it was a reminder to all in public life to work for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Kerry, along with his counterparts from other Group of Seven (G7) advanced nations, toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum, which displays photographs of badly burned victims, the tattered and stained clothes some of them wore and statues depicting them with flesh melting from their limbs.

His visit has raised speculation that US President Barack Obama may become the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima when he travels to Japan for a G7 leaders summit in May.

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