Prime Minister Nin and Kishida visit the first joint visit of Koreans to the atomic bomb memorial

Posted Posted onMay 21, 2023 Comments0

On the morning of the 21st, President Yoon Seok-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida paid their respects at the memorial stone for Korean atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

On this day, Prime Minister Kishida and his wife first came to Hiroshima Peace Park to greet President Yoon and his wife.

President Yun, First Lady Kim Kun-hee, Prime Minister Kishida and First Lady Yuko visited the memorial monument at 7:35 am on the same day, stood in a line, laid flowers, bowed in silence for about 10 seconds, and paid tribute to the Korean atomic bomb victims.

Ten Korean atomic bomb victims, including Park Nam-joo토토사이트, former chairman of the Special Committee for Korean Atomic Bomb Victims, and Kwon Jun-oh, current chairman of the Korean Atomic Bomb Victims Special Committee, sat in the back and watched the worship. Former Chairman Park is a victim of radiation exposure, and Chairman Kwon is a second-generation victim.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Park Jin, National Security Office Chief Cho Tae-yong, Korean Ambassador to Japan Yoon Deok-min, National Security Office 1st Deputy Director Kim Tae-hyo, Public Relations Secretary Kim Eun-hye, Economic Senior Secretary Choi Sang-mok, Foreign Affairs Secretary Lee Chung-myeon, and special entourage former lawmakers Kim Seok-ki and Shin Ji-ho attended.

After that, President Yoon bowed once more and greeted the atomic bomb victims. Afterwards, President Yoon was guided by Prime Minister Kishida and boarded his vehicle.

The heads of state of the two countries approached the shrine with a firm expression and did not say anything special to the reporters.

It is the first time that the heads of state of the two countries jointly visit the memorial stone for Korean atomic bomb victims, and it is also the first time for a Korean president to pay their respects.

President Yoon Seok-yeol and his wife – Prime Minister Kishida and his wife and others jointly visit the memorial monument for Korean atomic bomb victims

The Korean Atomic Bomb Victims Cenotaph is a facility built to commemorate the souls of Koreans who lost their lives in the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945.

When the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima, it is known that about 50,000 Koreans were affected. The Korean Association of Atomic Bomb Victims has estimated the death toll of Koreans from the atomic bombing in Hiroshima at 30,000, and the memorial monument records the death toll as 20,000.

Previously, President Yoon met with Korean atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima on the 19th and expressed his apologies, saying, “I feel that the Korean president’s visit to the memorial was too late.”

In particular, President Yoon emphasized, “Prime Minister Kishida and I will leave our hometowns in front of the memorial monument and pledge to open a future of peace and prosperity for both countries while commemorating the Korean atomic bomb victims who directly experienced the horrors of war in a foreign country far away from their hometowns.” did.


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