The G8 are the world’s 8 wealthiest countries and include the USA, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Italy, and Russia. At the London G8 talks the crises in Syria and Korea have been high on the agenda for foreign ministers. For those of you who do not already know, North Korea is threatening to launch nuclear missiles and in Syria there has been an ongoing civil war between those loyal to the Syrian Ba’ath party and those who oppose it.
After the session had come to a close William Hague (the UK Foreign Secretary) said that there had been an “intense discussions about Syria, the DPRK (North Korea), Iran and North Africa as you would expect”, but the G8 also pledged to “work together to end sexual violence in conflict”.
Pyongyang, North Korea, have moved two missiles to the East coast of the country which means that it is possible they could be in range of US bases on Guam. Officials say that the launch date could be as close as Monday, corresponding with North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung’s birthday.
In Syria, over 60,000 people have been estimated to have died since the uprising against the President Assad’s government, which began in March 2011. This conflict continues and the death toll rises, and the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) demand more and more humanitarian assistance.
Are you worried? Can the G8 make a difference?
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