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Senior White House official says President Obama’s remarks in Hiroshima will be “very personal”

NHK reported at noon that Deputy National Security Adviser Rhodes expressed hope on Tuesday that President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima will boost momentum for nuclear disarmament by saying that the visit will “demonstrate the importance of U.S.-Japan relations and be a message toward a world without nuclear weapons.” He was quoted as saying: “President Obama believes in the importance of looking squarely at history and learning from it…I think after he has an opportunity to have that tour, he’ll be able to offer reflections on what that meant to him. I think it will be very personal to him.” The network said while there are calls in Hiroshima for the President to directly meet with atomic bomb survivors, the senior White House official reportedly said he doesn’t know who the President will meet with.

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