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A-bomb survivor Obama hugged trusts promise will be kept

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TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese survivor of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima who was hugged by President Barack Obama during a recent visit to the city says he still trusts the president's promise to work toward a nuclear-free world.

Shigeaki Mori told reporters Friday that Obama's speech last month in Hiroshima convinced him that it wasn't an empty promise.

Obama's visit to Hiroshima was the first by a serving U.S. president. He offered flowers and called for a nuclear-free world, but did not apologize for the bombing.

Obama's speech generally won praise in Japan, but a survivors' group criticized him for not acknowledging any direct U.S. responsibility.

The U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the final days of World War II devastated both cities and killed more than 200,000 people.

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