GATINEAU, Canada, (AFP/Reuters) G8 foreign ministers agreed Monday on an economic initiative for the Afghanistan-Pakistan border regions, Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said. Stability in the region is critical for global security, Cannon told reporters at the start of two days of G8 talks. Cannon said the objective of the Pakistan-Afghanistan economic plan was to bolster commercial activity in the economically-depressed border area, with infrastructure investments. The plan, he said, was developed in consultation with the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. The meeting in Gatineau, Quebec, near the capital Ottawa, sets the stage for G8 and G20 leaders summits in Muskoka, Ontario and Toronto in June. Foreign ministers from Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States, as well as European Union chief diplomat Catherine Ashton gathered to discuss later on Tuesday an upcoming review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) at a New York conference in May and a nuclear security summit in Washington next month. The NPT bargain is now under pressure from the perception that the nuclear weapons states have not disarmed, from the actions of countries like Iran and North Korea and from the perceived lack of support for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said late Monday. For the sake of future generations we need to work to renew and expand the global consensus around the treaty and its goal of a world without nuclear weapons. Cannon previously warned that more UN sanctions against Iran appeared inevitable, and said he would ask delegates to consider additional pressure on Iran to persuade it to stop its nuclear enrichment activities and convince the Iranian authorities to come back to the table. He was echoed by Japans Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, whose spokesman said the world must consider a stronger response to Irans defiance, including a possibility of adopting a new UN Security Council resolutions. We hope China, together with Russia (and others) will get onboard to make any decision effective, he added. A draft of the final communiquT also said the G8 remained open to dialogue with Tehran, which denies widespread western charges that it is seeking to make atomic weapons. The document is the latest step in a campaign of pressure by many of the worlds most powerful nations to force Iran to comply with demands from the UN Security Council and cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Irans continued noncompliance with its United Nations Security Council and IAEA obligations regarding its nuclear program is of serious concern to G8 ministers, said the final communiquT. Ministers agreed to remain open to dialogue and also reaffirmed the need for the international community to take appropriate and strong steps to demonstrate ... resolve to uphold the international nuclear nonproliferation regime. The draft did not mention the word sanctions. The three Western members of the Security Council - the United States, France and Britain - along with Germany have been pushing hard for a new round of sanctions against Iran. Russia has been less enthusiastic but has recently signalled it may come on board. But China, which enjoys close economic links to Iran, has repeatedly said that the world needs more time to find a diplomatic solution to the standoff. Earlier on Monday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played down fears China was out of step with the other permanent members of the Security Council on the question of imposing more sanctions. On Monday, in the wake of the deadly Moscow metro bombing, terrorism took centre stage as ministers arrived for the talks. On behalf of his G8 counterparts, Cannon said G8 foreign ministers strongly condemned the cowardly terrorist attacks on the Moscow subway early Monday. Ministers also expressed their deepest sympathy to all who have been injured or bereaved by these attacks, and call for the prosecution of all those responsible, he said. The twin rush-hour suicide bombings on packed metro trains in Moscow killed at least 39 people. Russia is a key member of the group of the worlds eight most developed nations, which also comprises Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and the United States. Clinton told CTV that governments and nations of the world faced a common enemy in terrorism, and have no choice but to go after the terrorists. Whether you are in a Moscow subway or a London subway or a train in Madrid or an office building in New York, we face the same enemy, the top US diplomat said.