Canada renews deployment in support of multinational initiative to enforce UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea


September 21, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, today issued the following statement:

“Canada is firmly committed to working toward enduring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. We believe a diplomatic solution to the North Korea nuclear issue is essential and possible and welcome ongoing dialogue towards this end.

“The United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed against North Korea in support of the rules-based international order must, however, remain in place until Pyongyang takes concrete actions in respect of its international obligations.

“To that end, we are today announcing Canada’s renewed participation in a coordinated multinational initiative to enforce UNSC sanctions against North Korea. A Canadian Armed Forces maritime patrol aircraft will return to the region to help counter North Korea’s maritime smuggling, in particular its use of ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products. In addition, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary, on operations in the area as part of Canada’s continued presence in the region, was named to contribute to this effort.

“Canada’s participation in this coordinated international effort, alongside partners and allies, is a demonstration of international solidarity in support of peace, stability and security on the Korean Peninsula.

“We fully support the sanctions regime that exerts pressure on North Korea to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs completely, verifiably and irreversibly, and we will continue to work with partners for the full and effective implementation of these sanctions.”

Quick facts

  • During the Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula, in January 2018, Canada and other partners committed to:
    1. work collectively and closely together, with partners in the region and globally, to ensure effective implementation of UNSC sanctions against North Korea;
    2. share information with the UN Panel of Experts and with partners responsible for sanctions related to North Korea, in order to combat sanctions evasion; and
    3. counter North Korea’s maritime smuggling in accordance with relevant UNSC resolutions.
  • In support of this multinational initiative, the Canadian Armed Forces will contribute 1) a maritime patrol aircraft, 2) associated liaison staff based in Japan, and 3) a ship currently conducting operations in the region.
  • This initiative is a demonstration of Canada’s commitment to being a reliable player in the region, as stated in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

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