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In Hiroshima, Obama calls for mankind to turn against war

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Shigeaki Mori, an atomic bomb survivor, at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27. (Pool photo)

HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Visiting the site of the world's first atomic bombing in Japan, U.S. President Barack Obama called on Friday for humanity to "change our mindset about war itself. To prevent conflict through diplomacy and to strive to end conflicts after they've begun."

In remarks that went well beyond his previously stated ambition to rid the world of nuclear weapons, Obama reflected on the nature of war itself and mankind's proclivity to conflict, so dramatically expressed by the detonation of the first atomic bomb. "The memory of the morning of August 6, 1945 must never fade," he said, as some of the ageing survivors from the blast listened nearby. 

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