Foreign ministers from the G8, the world’s leading industrial countries, have ended a two-day meeting in Canada with a vow to pressure Iran over its nuclear program.
The issue of Iran dominated discussions on both days.
In the end, during a closing news conference in Gatineau – just across the river from Ottawa – Canadian foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon said the G8 ministers agreed to remain open to talks with Iran, but also called for more international pressure on Tehran to end its nuclear ambitions.
The ministers agreed that the United Nations Security Council, not the G8, is where additional sanctions against Iran should be considered.
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said she left the meeting heartened by the understanding and support of G8 countries, but with little hope Iran would change its course.