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Barack Obama is to become the first serving US President to visit Hiroshima, which was hit by an American atomic bomb at the end of the second world war.
He will make the historic visit during a trip to Japan and Vietnam later this month according to the White House.
Around 140,000 people died after the bomb was dropped on the city in 1945.
Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven Industrialised Nations known as the G7, are in the Japanese city of Hiroshima for a two-day meeting.
At the reception for the talks, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida outlined a list of issues the ministers are scheduled to discuss including terrorism, Ukraine and North Korea.
The ministers, including Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry, are also set to visit monuments in honour of the victims of the atomic bomb.
The G7 Foreign ministers' meeting is taking place in Hiroshima, the site of the atom bomb victims. I hope we will be able to send a strong message to the world from here for a world without nuclear weapons.
On Monday the ministers will visit the city's Peace Memorial Park, which will be the first time sitting foreign ministers of nations with nuclear weapons, such as the US, UK and France, have visited the memorial site.
Seventy years ago, as a prisoner of war in Japan, Leo Manning, now 96 years old, witnessed the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
Leo, who was a young bomb disposal officer when he was captured in Singapore and subsequently subjected to forced labour and brutal treatment as prisoner of war in Nagasaki, said he was pleased when he saw the American planes overhead.
ITV News correspondent Paul Davies reports:
It was 70 years ago when the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima unleashing a destructive power never seen before.
Some 70,000 people were killed instantly while another 70,000 died later from injuries.
The bomb also destroyed more than 60% of all buildings in the city.
Thousands stood in silence today, in memory of the victims.
Seventy years after the first atomic bomb lay waste to the Japanese city, the Mayor of Hiroshima has urged the world that to abolish nuclear weapons and demanded the creation of security systems that do not rely on military might.
Speaking at the official commemorations at Little Boy's ground zero in theheart of the city, Mayor Kazumi Matsui said:
As long as there are nuclear weapons, anyone can become a hibakusha (Japanese term for a-bomb victim).
People of the world, please listen to the voices of the victims and face this issue of nuclear proliferation as your own.
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