PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese leader to visit the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor with a U.S. president on Tuesday.
President Barack Obama and Abe laid wreaths aboard the USS Arizona Memorial to honor Americans who died in the Pearl Harbor attacks.
Both Obama and Abe spoke at the memorial. Obama said Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor is a "historic gesture" that shows the power of reconciliation.
Abe offered his "sincere and everlasting condolences" to the U.S. service members who died when his country attacked Pearl Harbor, sending America into World War II.
The prime minister did not apologize for the attack but paid tribute to the "brave men and women" who were killed. Abe said, "We must never repeat the horrors of war again."
The Japanese leader said it's important to show respect even to a former enemy. He said that's the spirit of tolerance that Americans embrace.
President Obama said Abe's presence is a reminder of what's possible between nations and peoples. He said it shows that wars can end and enemies can become allies.
Obama said the United States-Japan relationship is now a cornerstone of peace in the world. He said the alliance has never been stronger.