(Changes headline, first paragraph to make clear the G7
statement was in the past, not the future)
OTTAWA Feb 12 Canada declined on Tuesday to say
whether the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations
had targeted Japan in the group's statement on foreign exchange
A senior Canadian finance official was asked on a call with
reporters whether he endorsed the view that the G7 communique
did not aim at any country, or the view it was aimed at Japan.
He would only say the communique was meant to strike a balance.
He said the G7 had decided it had to put out a statement to
calm the rhetoric about currencies over the past few weeks,
which he added had not been helpful.
(Reporting by Randall Palmer, Louise Egan and David Ljunggren;
editing by Andre Grenon)