Kerry pays landmark visit to Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial

HIROSHIMA, Japan, April 11, (APP/AFP): John Kerry became the first US secretary of state to visit the memorial to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Monday, but an aide ruled out any apology by Washington over the US attack on the Japanese city.

Kerry, who was accompanied by other G7 foreign ministers, is the highest-ranking administration official to pay his respects at the revered site of the World War II bombing—the world’s first nuclear attack.

His trip comes as White House officials say President Barack Obama is considering a stop in the city late next month around the time of a Group of  Seven summit, which is being held in another part of the country.