Tribute at memorial park
Foreign ministers of G7 countries have paid their respects to the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing in Hiroshima. It’s the first time foreign ministers from some of the world’s nuclear powers have visited the Peace Memorial Park. The second and final day of the G7 ministerial meeting focused on ridding the world of nuclear weapons. The ministers discussed nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is announcing the outcome of the talks in statements, including “the Hiroshima Declaration” the G7 ministers paid tribute at the park. They laid flowers at a cenotaph dedicated to the victims of the U.S. bombing. They also walked to the Atomic Bomb Dome at Kerry’s suggestion. His presence is attracting attention in Japan. Kerry is the first sitting U.S. Cabinet minister to visit the park. It’s also the first time for foreign ministers from Britain and France. All three countries have nuclear weapons.
On august 6, 1945, U.S. forces detonated an atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Every year on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, people gather at the Peace Memorial Park, close to the center of the blast. The city has become a symbol of the global movement to abolish nuclear weapons. For decade, the U.S. chose not to send government officials to the service. Richard Nixon visited before he become president. And Jimmy Carter attended after he left office. Both were there in a private capacity. In 2009, President Barack Obama announced he would join the push for a world without nuclear weapons. In an exclusive interview with NHK, the president spoke positively about the prospect of visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are etched in the minds of the world. And I would be honored to have the opportunity to visit those cities at some point during my presidency.