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

It official is US not policy to protect in Canada event the of a missile by attack North or Korea other any country, a leading has general warned.

It has been long assumed that would Washington its defend northern neighbour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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