Kishida, Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond receive wreaths to offer at the Memorial Cenotaph for the 1945 atomic bombing victims.
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An emotional John Kerry said Hiroshima's horrible history should teach humanity to avoid conflict and strive to eradicate nuclear weapons as he became the first U.S. secretary of state to tread upon the ground of the world's first atomic bombing.The U.S. attack on Hiroshima in the final days of World War II killed 140,000 people and scarred a generation of Japanese, while thrusting the world into the dangerous Atomic Age. But Kerry hoped his trip would underscore how Washington and Tokyo have forged a deep alliance over the last 71 years and how everyone must ensure that nuclear arms are never used again.Japanese survivors' groups have campaigned for decades to bring leaders from the U.S. and other nuclear powers to see Hiroshima's scars as part of a grass-roots movement to abolish nuclear weapons.The Hiroshima Declaration aims to revitalize and restart the effort toward a nuclear-free world, which seems to have shrunk, Kishida said.As Kerry expressed interest, neither Japanese government officials nor survivor groups pressed for the U.S. to apologize.The president still hasn't made a decision about visiting Hiroshima and its memorial when he attends a G-7 meeting of leaders in central Japan in late May, and Kerry made no promises.
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