Heads of world diplomacy great democracies have come together in a joint statement condemning global adversaries like Iran and North Korea and called on Russia and China to remember their security commitments to the United Nations.
After two days of meetings, Group of 7 (G7) officials released a lengthy statement in an address to its main geopolitical challengers on Friday, warning them to respect international laws.
“We again call on Russia to immediately cease its war of aggression against Ukraine and withdraw all its forces and military equipment,” the group said before accusing Moscow of “terrorizing” Ukrainian civilians and engaging in “irresponsible nuclear rhetoric.”
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The G7 said on Friday he had created a “coordination mechanism” to help Kyiv repair, restore and defend its critical infrastructure system decimated in part by Iranian-supplied drones that Tehran had donated to Moscow.
The alliance pledged to continue hitting Iran with international sanctions for its military aid to Russia and called on Tehran to stop getting involved not only in the deadly war, but also in gross violations of human rights. the man at home.
“We strongly condemn Iran’s continued destabilizing activities in and around the Middle East,” the statement continued. “These include Iran’s activities with ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), i.e. drones, and transfers of these advanced weapons to state and non-state actors.
Iran was not the only country called out for its illicit arms activity.
G7 leaders also condemned North Korea’s historic use of missiles this week and the failed attempt to test another intercontinental ballistic missile launch as the United States and South Korea engage in joint military exercises.
The United States extended military exercises on Thursday after Pyongyang threatened to make Washington and Seoul pay “the most horrific price in history” and fired at least 23 missiles at South Korea after launching a missile intermediate-range ballistic over Japan for the first time in five years earlier this month, a move the G7 on Friday condemned as “reckless”.
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“We reiterate our request that the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] abandon its nuclear weapons, existing nuclear programs and any other weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs,” the group said.
Regional alliances on Russia’s War in Ukraine saw a new division on the eastern front of Asia between Japan, North and South Korea and China.
G7 diplomats again warned China against interference in the regional status quo and called on him to “refrain from threats, coercion, intimidation or the use of force”.
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The statement said top leaders remain “seriously concerned about the situation in and around the East and South China Seas” following Beijing’s aggressive force posture towards Taiwan earlier this year.
The strong language of the G7 vis-à-vis China reflects sentiments echoed by the United States last month when it named Beijing its primary security concern, while saying it would continue to engage diplomatically with the Asian superpower.
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