U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has made a historic visit to the memorial for victims of the 1945 U.S. nuclear attack. Yiming Woo reports.
John Kerry's visit to Hiroshima marks the first for a U.S. secretary of state. He says the memorial to victims of the U.S. nuclear attack in 1945 was "gut-wrenching", and that it's a reminder of the need to pursue a world free of nuclear weapons. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "We came here and drew from the experience of touring in this museum how critical it is that we all apply the lessons of the past to the future and the present. Going through this museum was a reminder of the depth of obligation that every single one of us in public life carries." Kerry, who's in Japan for the Group of Seven Foreign Ministers' Meeting has said "everyone" should visit the memorial. He was asked if this means President Barack Obama will visit. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "I know that he is invited to do so. I know because he has said so publicly he wants to come to Hiroshima sometime, but whether or not that can work in the next visit I just don't know." A visit by Obama could be controversial in America if it's viewed as an apology. A majority of Americans think the bombings were needed to end the war and save their citizens' lives, while the vast majority of Japanese believe it wasn't justified. Three days after a U.S. warplane dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, another atomic bomb was released on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered six days later.