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G7 foreign ministers gather in Canada

23 April, 2018, 12:59 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Trump leading on North Korea says envoy to Canada as G7 ministers meet    
     The Canadian PressApr. 22 2018 4:20

The meeting came as U.S. President Donald Trump tempered optimism on the situation in North Korea, saying on Twitter that "only time will tell".

The United States said its priorities also included Iran's "malign" regional activities and ending North Korea's nuclear programs.

A senior US official said President Donald Trump's administration will not make the same mistakes as those of his predecessors by pursuing incremental or phased approaches to denuclearizing North Korea.

Their meeting comes days after North Korea pledged to suspend testing of its nuclear and long-range missiles and close its nuclear test site, and days ahead of this week's historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

No date has been set, and there is uncertainty about what Trump might be able to accomplish.

It is the first high-level meeting of the allies since the United States, France and Britain staged air attacks targeting chemical weapons facilities in Syria in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack April 7.




The foreign Ministers of Canada and Japan, Chrystia Freeland and Taro Kono signed the supply agreement and the mutual maintenance of military equipment.

Freeland also wants the disruptive influence of Russian Federation and the West to be a top agenda item, and has asked Ukrainian Foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin to join part of today's talks, going so far as to host him - along with other ministers - at her home for brunch.

Their conversation was decidedly less festive, with Klimkin pressing the G7 to make a strong, unified stand against what he described as Kremlin efforts to destabilize democracy through election interference and other cyber-meddling.

Canada has made the advancement of gender equality a domestic theme and will raise the issue at the G7 meeting, and on Sunday she joined with the European Union in announcing a worldwide gathering of female foreign ministers in September.

Freeland invited about a half-dozen non-G7 foreign ministers also attending the summit to a separate Saturday night dinner. A senior official from one G7 nation said ministers were deeply anxious about what the group saw as a pattern of Russian Federation misbehavior going back years.

Acting US Secretary of State John Sullivan's first bilateral meeting was with Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and he "reaffirmed the United States' ironclad support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression".

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