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Senior White House official meets with veterans to gain understanding for Hiroshima trip

NHK reported at noon that National Security Advisor Rice met with representatives of the Veterans Service Organizations and other veterans on Thursday. The network said that according to the White House, Ambassador Rice explained at the meeting that President Obama’s planned visit to Hiroshima is “to honor the memory of all those who lost their lives during World War II.” She also reportedly called for their understanding by stressing the growing security and economic cooperation between the U.S. and Japan. Noting that there are deep-rooted views within the U.S. that the atomic bombings ended the war and saved the lives of many American soldiers, the network said some veterans are calling on the President not to apologize for the atomic bombing if he visits Hiroshima. The network said the White House is apparently taking measures to avoid domestic opposition to the visit, adding that the President is not planning to make a major speech in Hiroshima.

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