Situated between North Korea and the United States, Canadians are now concerned that any North Korean missile launched at a U.S. target east of California would have to fly over their country, or possibly even hit their country. Considering this fact, former Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay said on Thursday that he regrets not having signed a missile defense agreement with the United States.
However, MacKay has faith that America would take down the missile.
“I think the U.S. is going to take the necessary action to shoot down an imminent threat coming from any direction,” he said, adding, “They’re going to consult with us — they’ll let us know — but they’re going to do it.”
During the past couple of decades, Canada has considered signing an anti-ballistic missile defense agreement with the U.S., but the move was always thwarted by “peace” groups and those in the media who routinely misidentified the current state of missile defense with the more ambitious Strategic Defense Initiative of Ronald Reagan, urging Canada not to participate in a “Star Wars” scheme. So, the country did nothing. In 2014, the Canadian Senate noted that Canada would have absolutely no military role if ICBMs were to cross Canada’s northern frontier on their way to any American city.
In 2014, the Canadian Senate noted that Canada would have absolutely no military role if ICBMs were to cross Canada’s northern frontier on their way to any American city. Or for that matter, a Canadian city.
This means that if an ICBM were to be launched towards North America, Canada would have to rely on the American military to thwart the threat.
“Canada currently has no say on when, where or whether it should be engaged,” the report acknowledged.
MacKay claims the timing to sign a deal would have been better under former president Barack Obama. “I suspect that there was a window when Obama was the president … when Canadians would have been far more comfortable and accepting of those discussions,” MacKay told reporters.
If North Korea is able to launch an ICBM against the continental United States, it will travel directly over Canada for most of its journey towards what experts say are five major cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Boston and New York. However, there is also the consideration that the missile could hit a city in Canada, such as Vancouver or Quebec.
The shortest distance between North Korea and any U.S. city is known as the “great circle track,” which is a course that travels over the arctic circle and then directly over Canada.
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