The Group of Eight meeting of major industrialized countries will issue a statement at their summit this weekend in St. Petersburg, Russia, expressing concern over North Korea’s missile tests and demanding Pyongyang halt further launches, a government source said Friday.
The leaders’ statement at the St. Petersburg summit will say proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the means of their delivery threaten international peace and security, the source said.
The statement on nonproliferation will stress the need to block technology transfers related to missile production, but without referring specifically to North Korea.
North Korea launched seven missiles July 5, drawing international condemnation. The missiles came down in the Sea of Japan.
The G8 statement will also call on North Korea to return to the six-party talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, saying it must return to the negotiations without conditions.
The six-way dialogue, involving the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia, has been deadlocked since the last round was held in November.
North Korea has refused to return to the talks unless the United States lifts financial sanctions it imposed against the North over alleged counterfeiting and money-laundering.
The statement will also touch on the Iranian nuclear standoff and demand that Tehran respond promptly to a package of incentives presented in June aimed at resolving the crisis, the source said. The package was presented by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain — and Germany.
The statement will express support for moves to refer the Iranian nuclear issue back to the Security Council to push for a resolution calling on Tehran to suspend its nuclear activities.
The final wording of the statement is expected to be worked out primarily by Russia, which hosts this year’s G8 meeting, based on discussions at the Security Council on a draft resolution dealing with the North Korean missile tests, the source said.
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