U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, and France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, right, walk with Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, second left, as they visit the Itsukushima Shrine during a cultural break in Miyajima Island from their G7 foreign ministers meetings in nearby Hiroshima, Japan, Sunday, April 10, 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP) (The Associated Press)
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, doves fly over the cenotaph dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombing at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park during the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing in Hiroshima, western Japan. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will become the highest-ranking American government official to visit Hiroshima, where 140,000 Japanese died from the first of two atomic bombs dropped by his country in the closing days of World War II more than 70 years ago. Kerry and the other Group of Seven foreign ministers are scheduled to visit the Hiroshima Peace Park on Monday, April 11, 2016 and lay flowers to honor the dead. At least in Japan, the event will likely overshadow the rest of the foreign ministers’ annual two-day meeting, where terrorism, maritime security and nuclear non-proliferation will be discussed. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) (The Associated Press)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, talks with Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, left, as they take their seats to participate in the first working session of the G7 foreign minister meetings in Hiroshima, Japan April 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (The Associated Press)
HIROSHIMA, Japan – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry won't say sorry for America's atomic bombing of Hiroshima when he visits a revered memorial.
A U.S. official traveling with Kerry is ruling out an apology ahead of Monday's tour with other foreign ministers of the Peace Memorial Park and Museum.
It was in Hiroshima where 140,000 Japanese died from the first of two atomic bombs dropped by the United States in the closing days of World War II more than 70 years ago.
Kerry's expected to lay flowers and express the sorrow that all feel upon reflection about the first use of a nuclear weapon against an enemy in history.
The official previewed Kerry's plans on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to publicly discuss them before the event.