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Historical first: US envoy to attend Hiroshima ceremony

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, August 5, 2010 12:35 EDT
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that US President Barack Obama “thought it appropriate” to recognize Japan’s atomic bomb anniversary as he wants to rid the world of nuclear arms.

The United States, 65 years after a mushroom cloud rose over Hiroshima, will for the first time send an envoy this Friday to commemorate the bombing that rang in the nuclear age.

“President Obama is very committed to working toward a world without nuclear weapons,” even if he sees it as a “long-term goal,” Clinton told reporters when asked for comment on the anniversary.

“I think that the Obama administration and President Obama himself believe that it would be appropriate for us to recognize this anniversary and has proceeded to do so,” she said.

The US ambassador to Japan, John Roos, is due to attend and lay a wreath “to express respect for all of the victims of World War II,” the State Department said.

The United States has not apologized for the atomic bombs it dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki which, surveys show, most Americans believe were necessary to bring a quick end to the war and avoid a land invasion that could have been more costly.

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