Without Committing Forces, Canada Virtue Signals on North Korea

April 23, 2021 (edited for readability) –

Today, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of National Defence, announced that Canada is extending Operation NEON until April 30, 2023. Operation NEON is Canada’s contribution to a coordinated multinational effort to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions imposed against North Korea.

The UNSC sanctions, adopted between 2006 and 2017, aim to pressure North Korea to abandon its weapons of mass destruction programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner. Alongside key partners and allies, Canada is helping to address the threat to international security posed by North Korea’s ongoing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

This two-year renewal of Operation NEON will allow the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to continue deploying military ships, aircraft and personnel to conduct surveillance operations to identify suspected maritime sanctions evasion activities, in particular ship-to-ship transfers of fuel and other commodities banned by the UNSC resolutions. Canada’s contribution will bolster the integrity of the global sanctions regime against North Korea.

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