Canada's Plan for N. Korea Strike: 2 Classified Bunkers

Though they're hoping the N. Korea problem can be worked out diplomatically and peacefully
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2017 11:10 AM CST
Bunkers Ready, Canada Seeks Peaceful Solution to N. Korea
Justin Trudeau addresses the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial conference in Canada on Nov. 15, 2017.   (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

It's not just Hawaii that's prepared for a nuclear attack by North Korea. America's neighbor to the north has set aside two classified bunkers, including one to be used by members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Cabinet, in case Canadian officials get an evacuation order or otherwise find Ottawa to be "unviable," according to documents obtained by CBC News. The sites aren't identified in the August 2016 documents, which make up part of the government's emergency contingency plans, but they're described as being on military bases. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan says he's "very mindful" of North Korea's nuclear program and takes such threats "extremely seriously," particularly as experts suggest Canada could be hit by a missile aimed at the US. But Sajjan maintains a diplomatic solution is possible.

Canada could play a key role in that regard: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Vancouver will host an international meeting on North Korea in January, reports Reuters, noting Japan, China, and South Korea will be invited. As many as two dozen countries may attend, reports Global News, citing a government source who describes the location as neutral, given that Canada is a non-nuclear power. "These are the kinds of things where Canada can, I think, play a role that the United States has chosen not to play this past year," Trudeau said last week when asked about Canada's push for international cooperation to address the crisis. The US, however, will co-host the meeting, designed to show "the unity of the international community in applying pressure on North Korea," Freeland says. (More Canada stories.)

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