G7 leaders wrap up first day of summit in Hiroshima

Group of Seven leaders have wrapped up day one of their summit in Hiroshima. They're pushing new measures to weaken Russia's ability to wage war in Ukraine.
And there's growing anticipation about a visit by a key figure in the conflict. The day began with a reflection on the horrors of nuclear weapons.

The summit started with a visit to Peace Memorial Park.
A museum there details the devastation of the city caused by the 1945 atomic bombing.
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio explained some of the exhibits. It was the first time G7 leaders visited the museum together.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak posted on social media it was a deeply moving experience.
He wrote that it's important to learn from the past, including from its darkest moments.
The initial sessions focused on the global economy and the war in Ukraine.
Kishida, the summit's chair, opened the talks on a note of fellowship. He said: "The major theme of this summit is not division and confrontation. It is reaffirming the G7's unity and strengthening our role to ensure a coordinated international community and to hammer out active and concrete contributions to that end."

The leaders discussed new sanctions on Russia.
In a joint statement, they said they will broaden their actions to ensure that exports of all items critical to Russia's aggression are restricted across all their jurisdictions.
They also said they will crack down on Russia's diamond trade to reduce its revenues from the resource. And they repeated that their support for Ukraine will not waver.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government has told local media President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will attend the summit. It will be the Ukrainian leader's first visit to Asia since the start of Russia's invasion in February of last year. He is expected to ask G7 leaders directly for more military aid.

Another item high on the agenda was the rise of artificial intelligence, such as ChatGPT. The leaders agreed to start ministerial talks about how to protect intellectual property and prevent the spread of false information. They plan to compile a report on AI by the end of the year.

The group later attended an evening session on the island of Miyajima, near Hiroshima City. It is home to Itsukushima Shrine, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The leaders discussed the situation in the Indo-Pacific, including China. They also talked about nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.