: Kerry becomes first senior U.S. official to visit site of U.S. atomic bombing (photos)

10:31 Apr. 11, 2016

Kerry becomes first senior U.S. official to visit site of U.S. atomic bombing (photos)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center left, puts his arm around Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, after they and fellow G7 foreign ministers laid wreaths at the cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan, on April 11, 2016 (AP)

U.S. State Secretary makes historic Hiroshima visit

John Kerry became the first U.S. secretary of state to pay his respects at Hiroshima's memorial to victims of the 1945 U.S. nuclear attack which reduced the city to ashes and killed some 140,000 people by the end of that year.

At Kerry's suggestion, the ministers also visited the dome which is the remains of the only structure left standing near the hypocenter of the bomb explosion and now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Earlier they toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum, whose haunting displays include photographs of badly burned victims, the tattered and stained clothes they wore and statues depicting them with flesh melting from their limbs.

Kerry's trip could pave the way for an unprecedented visit to Hiroshima by a sitting U.S. president when Obama attends the annual G7 leaders summit in another Japanese city next month.

Reporting by REUTERS

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