G7 takes note of key adversaries and calls for peace from UN leaders Russia and China

Top diplomats from the world’s leading democracies came together in a joint statement condemning global adversaries such as Iran and North Korea and urging Russia and China to remember their security commitments to the United Nations.

After two days of meetings, officials from the Group of 7 (G7) issued a lengthy statement on Friday addressing their main geopolitical challengers, warning them to abide by international law.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, right, and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, right, meet for bilateral talks at the G7 foreign ministers' meeting in Münster, Germany, Friday, Nov.  4, 2022.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, right, and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, right, meet for bilateral talks at the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Münster, Germany, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Martin Meissner, pool)

“We once again call on Russia to immediately end its war of aggression against Ukraine and withdraw all its forces and military equipment,” the group said, before accusing Moscow of “terrorizing” Ukrainian citizens and engaging in “irresponsible nuclear rhetoric.”

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The G7 said on Friday it had created a “coordination mechanism” to help Kyiv repair, restore and defend its critical infrastructure that has been partially destroyed by Iranian drones gifted to Moscow by Tehran.

The alliance vowed to continue to hit Iran with international sanctions over its military aid to Russia and called on Tehran to end its involvement in not only the deadly war but gross human rights abuses at home.

“We strongly condemn Iran’s continued destabilizing activities in and around the Middle East,” the statement said. “These include Iran’s activities with both ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), i.e. drones, and the transfer of such advanced weapons to the state and other entities.”

Police officers shoot at a drone during a Russian drone strike, which local authorities believe is an Iranian-made Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicle during Russia's attack on Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine, in October.  17, 2022.

Police officers shoot at a drone during a Russian drone attack, which local authorities believe is an Iranian-made Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicle as part of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, in October. 17, 2022.
(REUTERS/Vadim Sarakhan/File photo)

Iran was not the only nation called out for its illegal weapons activities.

G7 leaders also condemned North Korea’s historic missile launch this week and a failed attempt to test another intercontinental ballistic missile launch as the United States and South Korea take part in joint military exercises.

The United States extended military exercises on Thursday after Pyongyang threatened to make Washington and Seoul “pay the most terrible price in history” and fired at least 23 missiles at South Korea after firing intermediate-range missiles over Japan for the first time in five years. earlier this month, a move the G7 countries on Friday condemned as “reckless”.

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“We reiterate our demand that the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] abandon their nuclear weapons, existing nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction and missile programs,” the group said.

Regional alliances over Russia’s war in Ukraine have led to a renewed division of Asia’s eastern front between Japan, North and South Korea and China.

G7 diplomats again warned China against meddling in the regional situation, urging it to “refrain from threats, coercion, intimidation or the use of force”.

Clockwise from left, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Alfred Mutua, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Canadian Foreign Minister, Canadian Foreign Minister.  Minister Mélanie Joly, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, African Union Commission Vice-Chair Monique Nsanzabaganwa and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell pose for a photo in the historic City Hall during the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting.  Meeting in Münster, Germany, Friday Nov.  4, 2022.

Clockwise from left, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Alfred Mutua, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Canadian Foreign Minister, Canadian Foreign Minister. Minister Mélanie Joly, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, African Union Commission Vice-Chair Monique Nsanzabaganwa and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell pose for a photo in the historic City Hall during the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting. Meeting in Münster, Germany, Friday Nov. 4, 2022.
(Bernd Lauter/Pool photo via AP)

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The statement said the top leaders remain “gravely concerned about the situation in and around the East and South China Seas” following Beijing’s aggressive stance against Taiwan earlier this year.

The G7’s strong language towards China reflected a sentiment echoed by the US last month when it listed Beijing as its top security concern, but said it will continue to engage diplomatically with the Asian power.

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