President Barack Obama speaks to US and Japanese troops during his visit to the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, near the Japanese city of Hiroshima on May 27, 2016.
Obama, who arrived at Iwakuni after attending the G7 Summit in central Japan, hailed the "great alliance" between the United States and Japan on May 27, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)” />
President Obama’s Air Force One has landed at Iwakuni Marine Air Station, ahead of a historic visit to Hiroshima, the first by a sitting U.S. President to the site of the world’s first atomic bombing.
“This afternoon I will visit Hiroshima,” Obama said at the base.
“This is an opportunity to honor the memory of all those who were lost in World War II. It’s a chance to pursue peace and security, a world where nuclear weapons would no longer be necessary. And it’s a testament to how even the most painful divides can be bridged.”