Russia, China to obstruct United States 'sabotage' of Iran nuclear deal

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     SYRIA Bashar al Assad is a accused of using chemical weapons against his own people

GETTY SYRIA Bashar al Assad is a accused of using chemical weapons against his own people

The ministers, meeting in Toronto for two days, discussed tensions with Moscow, Iran and North Korea, while also addressing political problems in Venezuela and Myanmar. Pyongyang said on Saturday it would suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site.

On the situation in Ukraine, the G-7 ministers urged Russian Federation to comply with the Minsk cease-fire agreements, which include respect for Ukraine's sovereignty, and to return to a rules-based worldwide order, according to the Foreign Ministry.

"We are saying to them, 'If you want to be treated as a great power, then work with us, '" the source said.

The ministers had "good discussions" on North Korea's nuclear programs as Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepare to meet in late May or early June.

With Trump threatening to withdraw the United States if an agreement to revamp the deal can not be reached before the May 12 deadline set by the US leader, Kono said "many ministers" sought "continuous and complete implementation" of the deal. Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated to be the next US Secretary of State, could not attend because he still needs to be confirmed by the US Senate.

Acting U.S. Secretary of State John Sullivan called on Moscow to stop creating impediments to peace in Syria and to play a role in ending the seven-year-long conflict.

GM Korea avoids bankruptcy with tentative wage deal
GM Korea workers also made concessions - they accepted a wage freeze, forgoing bonuses and the suspension of some work benefits. The unit still makes more than one million assembled or partially assembled vehicles for the US, European and emerging markets.

The ministers from the world's most powerful democracies are meeting to plan for JuneĀ“s G7 summit of rich-world leaders in Charlevoix, Quebec - but Russian Federation and North Korea will never be far from their minds.

Freeland views the clash of the forces of democracy and authoritarianism as a defining feature of our time and she has singled out Russian President Vladimir Putin as a major disrupter.

Freeland and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono signed an efficiency agreement Saturday night that will allow each other's militaries to share equipment during joint exercises in Canada, Japan and elsewhere.

Freeland invited about a half dozen non-G7 foreign ministers to the summit and hosted them at a dinner before their formal Sunday morning meeting.

As the pair sat down in the office of the chancellor of the University of Toronto, Johnson was heard telling his U.S. counterpart "one of the things we are concerned about now is the JCPOA and where that is headed".

The top diplomats of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States plus the European Union "acknowledge" the North's announcement as "a first step toward full denuclearization, assuming full implementation", according to the statement.

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