Korea nuclear crisis to top G7 foreign ministers' talks in Toronto

23 April, 2018, 12:59 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • G7 leaders seek common front on Russia stand-off

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".

Freeland and Kono met last month in Tokyo where they affirmed their commitment to keep economic and diplomatic pressure on the DPRK to end its nuclear program.

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.

"We fully agreed that we will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea", Kono said on the first day of a two-day meeting in Toronto, Canada, suggesting Pyongyang's announcement that it will suspend nuclear tests and long-range missile launches was insufficient to meet the demands of the global community.

Canada's Chrystia Freeland opened the meeting with a gathering to honor female foreign ministers and was later to host her G7 colleagues plus the European Union's representative at a working lunch to discuss the crisis in Russian Federation and Ukraine.

The Western countries blame Assad for the attack that killed dozens of people.


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.

Canada will host the world's small but growing band of female foreign ministers for talks ahead of this year's UN General Assembly, Canada's Chrystia Freeland announced Sunday.

"Fundamentally, Ukraine is perceived by many and also by Russia as a sort of test range for testing Russian nonconventional warfare - hybrid war", Klimkin said.

On Saturday, the eve of the G7 meeting, Freeland invited her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono to a dinner party as the only man among other female foreign ministers from non-G7 countries.

Canada has made the advancement of gender equality a pervasive theme that cuts across all G7 discussions, and the foreign ministers' meeting is no exception.

John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary of State for the United States, and current acting Secretary of State, left, sits alongside Jean-Yves Le Drian, center, France's Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs and Maria Angela Holguin, Colombia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, during a G7 Outreach session with non-G7 Women Foreign Ministers, in Toronto on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

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