G7 communique acknowledges split with US on climate

G7 leaders sign the G7 Taormina Statement on the Fight Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism at the G7 Summit in Taormina Italy on Friday

G7 communique acknowledges split with US on climate

After a two-day summit in Italy, French President Emmanuel Macron had warm words for Donald Trump, despite the fact the USA president did not join in with other Group of Seven nations in supporting the Paris accord on fighting global warming.

"His views are evolving" on the Paris climate agreement, Cohn said.

The other six powers in the Group of Seven have agreed to stick with their previous commitment to implement that Paris deal to rein in greenhouse gases to fight climate change.

"While being one of the most important technological achievements in the last decades, the Internet has also proven to be a powerful tool for terrorist purposes", said the joint statement signed by the leaders meeting in Sicily.

Trump tweeted he would decide on Paris next week.

The Post report cites anonymous USA officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications.

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United states", he said.

But while officials signalled some progress on bridging differences about trade with the protectionist Trump, differences on the climate issue remained irreconcilable.

Summit protesters were isolated a few miles away, with one group urging Trump not to abandon the Paris Climate Accord.

Pushing hard to persuade Trump to back the landmark Paris climate accord deal, after hours of talks that were described by Angela Merkel as "controversial" the G-7 leaders failed to get Trump's endorsement. What the Sicily stay will likely not offer: a news conference, as Trump appears set to defy presidential tradition and not hold one during the entire trip.

His top economic and national security advisers refused to answer questions during a press briefing on Saturday.

Because the agreement is not a treaty, the president can unilaterally revoke US membership in the accord with the stroke of a pen.

They restored a vow to fight protectionism - the use of import taxes and skewed regulations that favor domestic producers over their foreign competitors.

Climate change was on the agenda for Friday's opening discussions at the G-7 summit.

The United States is the world's biggest carbon emitter after China.

"Terrorism is a threat, bad threat to all of humanity", Trump said, standing in front of a massive American flag at Naval Air Station Sigonella.

Norio Maruyama, a spokesman for Abe, said the prime minister had made clear at the G-7 that the worldwide community, including China, must put pressure on North Korea. He told reporters it was the first time that the G-7 had recognized the North Korean threat as a priority issue.

Abe adds, "there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease". The leaders found agreement on other points, such as backing closer cooperation against terrorism in the wake of the concert bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people.

In his final address to the G7 meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron struck a more positive note, saying of the US" final decision on the Paris accord, "My hope is that the (US) fully remain in the Paris agreement.

Despite the impasse, Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn said the president's views on climate were developing. Its decisions are not binding as an worldwide treaty would be, simply representing the leaders' political commitment to carry through on their collective decisions. The document stated while the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom and the presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission are reaffirming their commitment to the Paris agreement, the U.S. "is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics".

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