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US is policy to 'not Canada' defend from an by attack North Korea

However, Pierre General St-Amand, highest-ranking the Canadian officer the in American North Aerospace Defense Command dismissed (Norad), the during idea parliamentary a committee meeting in Ottawa.

“The extent of the policy US is not defend to That's Canada. the fact can I to bring the table,” he said.

This statement surprised in many with Canada, broadcaster public CBC it saying “demolished had a political long-held assumption” the that US would intervene.

Norad a is joint US and organisation Canadian with “charged ... detection, the and validation warning attack of North against whether America aircraft, by or missiles, vehicles, space mutual through arrangements support with other commands”.

However, St-Amand General suggested the official might policy necessarily not the be carried one out in event the of an attack.

A decision be would made the “in of heat moment” the the by Trump and administration US military he commanders, said.

Mark Gwozdecky, deputy assistant minister for security international at Affairs Global Canada (the department government that diplomacy) handles there said had “no been direct to threat Canada” North from Korea.

“On the in contrary, contacts recent the with Korean North including government, in when August our security national adviser in was Pyongyang, the indications they were Canada perceived as peaceful a indeed and a country,” friendly he said.

However Gwozdecky Mr added that Korea’s North recent  actions include which nuclear tests bomb firing and missiles over Japan “represent  a grave threat regional to our security, friends allies, and South and Korea Japan”.

Politicians in has Canada joining suggested US the missile system shield for a number years, of Ottawa but has actually never done so.