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The mayors of the two cities destroyed by atomic bombs in the final days of World War II hope U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima on Friday will be a “new step” toward realizing a world free of nuclear weapons.

In separate interviews, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui described the first trip by a sitting U.S. leader to the city as “politically a very crucial phase,” while Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said he expects other world leaders to follow suit after Obama’s visit.

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