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H. Clinton: G8 to address int'l crises

April 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a plenary session of the Group of Eight Wednesday the group will look for a solution to Syrian violence.

"This will be on our agenda later this afternoon," Clinton told delegates at Washington's Blair House. "We will look for ways that we can, together, try to bring about a peaceful resolution of the current situation and a political transition for the sake of the Syrian people."

The G8 includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and Russia.

Clinton said delegates also "look forward to the beginning of the next round of P-5+1 talks in Turkey. P5+1 refers to the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

"These talks are an opportunity for Iran to address seriously the international community's concerns about its nuclear program," Clinton said. "And we believe there is still time for diplomacy, but it is urgent that the Iranians come to the table to establish an environment conducive to achieving concrete results through a sustained process."

Farther east, "North Korea is readying a long-range ballistic missile launch over the East China Sea," Clinton said. "It comes just weeks after North Korea agreed to a moratorium on missile testing; it violates multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. I think we all share a strong interest in stability on the Korean Peninsula, and we will be discussing how best to achieve that as well."

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