Secretary of State John Kerry joined Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and the other G7 foreign ministers in paying respects at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Below is the text of Secretary Kerry’s guest book message:
Everyone in the world should see and feel the power of this memorial. It is a stark, harsh, compelling reminder not only of our obligation to end the threat of nuclear weapons, but to rededicate all our effort to avoid war itself. War must be the last resort – never the first choice. This memorial compels us all to redouble our efforts to change the world, to find peace and build the future so yearned for by citizens everywhere.