No plan for Obama to visit Hiroshima: U.S. official Campbell

Kurt Campbell, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said Friday that U.S. President Barack Obama has no current plans to visit Hiroshima during a trip to Japan expected in November.

There has been speculation in Japan that Obama, who is calling for a nuclear-free world, may visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the targets of U.S. atomic bombings in 1945, during his planned visit, his first to Japan as U.S. president.

''I think at this juncture there are no plans for the president to visit Hiroshima,'' Campbell told a press conference in Tokyo.

Obama is scheduled to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in Singapore in November, and it is likely he will visit Japan around that time.

A senior Foreign Ministry official indicated in August that Obama would be unlikely to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki during his visit to Japan as he would not be here long enough to do so.

(Distributed by Kyodo News on Sept. 18, 2009)