USA envoy: Trump leads on N. Korea as G7 ministers meet

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, who is the acting secretary of state while Mike Pompeo awaits confirmation by Congress, touched on how the group was once called the G8.

Canada and Britain are showing enthusiasm for a concerted G7 effort to take Russian Federation to task for what they are calling a broad range of "malign" behaviour, but their American ally is sounding a less effusive note.

- The U.S. ambassador to Canada said Sunday that President Donald Trump is leading worldwide efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. "It's something we've also been working closely with Canada on", Craft said in a statement.

Group of Seven countries underlined their commitment to defend Liberal democracies against Russian interference Monday and outlined plans to set up a working group to examine Russia's "malign behaviour" on foreign soil.

Trump has nominated Pompeo to be USA secretary of state but Pompeo isn't in Toronto as his confirmation faces opposition in the Senate.

Russia's transgressions: G7 countries have in recent years criticized Moscow's foreign policy, including its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, its intervention in the Syrian civil war and its cyber attacks on the United States and European countries.

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He spoke to reporters in Toronto, Canada, where the G7 foreign ministers wrapped up a two-day meeting that also included talks on the Iran nuclear deal with world powers, the seven-year conflict in Syria, and the nuclear standoff with North Korea.

The OPCW chemical weapons watchdog has supported Britain's analysis of a nerve agent used to poison a Russian former spy in the UK. Moscow has denied involvement in either event.

Ms. Freeland had placed this weekend's meeting under the sign of women and met Saturday with Ministers for Foreign Affairs from Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Jamaica, Colombia, Croatia and Panama - all women.

The G7 ministers agreed in their Sunday discussion about the need to address the disruptive influence of Vladimir Putin's Russia, Johnson said Monday.

Sullivan was pinch-hitting for U.S. President Donald Trump's new pick for secretary of state, Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo, who faces strong opposition to his confirmation, and could not represent his country during the overlapping meeting of G7 foreign and interior ministers, which continues Tuesday.

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