Canada to host world's female foreign ministers


Trump's envoy to Canada, Ambassador Kelly Craft, says her boss is leading global efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal.

Freeland and Kono met last month in Tokyo where they affirmed their commitment to keep economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear program when they meet with their G7 counterparts today in Toronto.

The foreign ministers meeting precedes a June summit in Canada of leaders of the G7 countries - the United States, Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Japan.

A senior USA 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.

The envoys were also keen to glean clues from their United States colleague about whether President Donald Trump will tear up the Iran nuclear deal and how he will handle a planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

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.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chystia Freeland wants the disruptive influence of Russian Federation on the West to be a top agenda item, and she set the table - literally - for Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin to deliver that message to her G7 counterparts.

Chemical inspectors take samples in Syria's Douma
The OPCW fact-finding team was delayed for several days in its attempts to reach the town. The station says there could be 3,200 rebels leaving three towns on Saturday.

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.

Nevertheless, the official said there remains an openness to talk to Russian Federation over various important issues while still holding Moscow accountable for its destabilizing efforts around the globe.

Freeland wants the disruptive influence of Russian Federation to be a top agenda item at the G7 session and asked Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to join part of Sunday's talks.

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.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada and the European Union will host the world's first female foreign ministers' meeting in September.

Having attended the G7 foreign ministers' meeting, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin noted that Russia's aggression posed a threat not only to Ukraine, but to the entire democratic world.