Fresh hints on possible obama visit to Hiroshima

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TOKYO: Tokyo remained silent Wednesday over a potential visit to Hiroshima by US President Barack Obama, even after the White House said he is considering making one on the sidelines of a Group of Seven summit next month.“I would not comment on Obama’s potential visit, as it is something the US government decides,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Wednesday. Suga added that Tokyo has not requested such a visit. In 2009, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in part for his vision of a world without nuclear weapons.Suga’s comment came after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President’s staff will “obviously consider our options here.” Earnest also said there is “no more powerful illustration” than Hiroshima to show Obama’s commitment to a nonnuclear future.Several US government officials have hinted at a possible visit by Obama, but this is the first time that the White House admitted one is possible.

TNS

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