16 September 2017

News Story: U.S. not to defend Canada from ICBM attack - TV report

North Korean Hwasong-14 Ballistic Missile
OTTAWA, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The United States will not defend Canada if it is targeted in a ballistic missile attack, according to Canadian television network CTV on Thursday.

"We're being told in Colorado Springs that the extant U.S. policy is not to defend Canada," said Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand, deputy commander of Colorado-based North American Air Defense Command (NAADC) and also top Canadian officer at the NAADC.

"That is the policy that's stated to us. So that's the fact that I can bring to the table," St-Amand told the Canada's House of Commons Defence Committee, which is studying the extent to which Canada is ready for an attack by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

St-Amand said Canadian and U.S. military personnel at the NAADC headquarters in Colorado Springs work side-by-side detecting potential airborne threats to North America.

However, he said Canada would have no role in deciding what to do if the DPRK or any other country fired a missile at North America. Canadian military personnel would instead be forced to sit on the sidelines and watch as U.S. officials decided how to act.

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