Canada to adopt DPRK sanctions

UPDATE (10/31/2010): According to CTV News:

The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service quietly told a crowd of insiders he’s worried about North Korea and Iran surreptitiously trolling Canada for components to build an atomic bomb.

In a speech to academics and former intelligence officials, CSIS director Dick Fadden spoke of the spy service’s “active investigations” of people trying to procure nuclear materials.

The threat of weapons of mass destruction is an “area where we have to worry far more than we did not too long ago,” Fadden said.

“North Korea and Iran being people that we worry about the most.”

Fadden made the unusually candid comments in a previously unreported — and still partly secret — address to a late May gathering in Ottawa of the International Association for Intelligence Education.

The CSIS director also elaborated on his concerns about foreign interference in Canadian politics, as well as the threat of cyberterrorism. In addition, Fadden mused aloud on whether simply jailing homegrown terrorists is a real solution to the problem of radicalization. And he told the audience India has more influence in Afghanistan than Canada and its major coalition partners combined.

ORIGINAL POST: According to CTV:

Canada is adopting tough new sanctions against North Korea intended to demonstrate to Pyongyang that “its aggressive actions will not be tolerated.”

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon announced the new restrictions Thursday.

Under the new controlled engagement policy Canada’s relations with North Korea will be restricted to just a few areas, Cannon said.

Regional security concerns, human rights and humanitarian issues, inter-Korea relations and consular issues are now the only acceptable topics of contact between the two countries, Cannon said.

“All government to government co-operation or communication on topics not covered under the controlled engagement policy have now stopped,” Cannon said.

Cannon also announced new economic sanctions that will soon be put into place.

He said all imports from and exports to North Korea will be halted, apart from certain humanitarian exceptions.

There is also a ban on investment in North Korea by Canadians or people in Canada.

The sanctions also restrict the provision of financial services and the transfer of technology to North Korea.

All North Korean ships and aircraft are also banned from either landing in Canada or passing through its airspace, Cannon said.

“Canada takes a principled stand against those who recklessly commit acts of aggression in violation of international law,” Cannon said.

“The adoption of a controlled engagement policy and the imposition of special economic measures send a clear message to the North Korean government that its aggressive actions will not be tolerated.”

Canada has taken a tough stance with North Korea following the sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean navy ship, earlier this year.

Forty-six sailors were killed when the ship went down. A multi-national investigation concluded the warship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo.

In the wake of the attack, Ottawa announced tougher diplomatic and trade restrictions, suspended high-level visits from officials and joined in the international condemnation of the attack.

Cannon on Thursday called on Pyongyang  to “improve its behaviour in complying with its obligations under international law.”

“These sanctions are not intended to punish the North Korean people. The sanctions we are announcing today are aimed directly at the North Korean government,” he said.

The level of trade between the DPRK and Canada is minimal, so these actions are more symbolic than anything else.

Though the two countries exercise diplomatic relations, there is no DPRK embassy in Canada and vice-versa.

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Ottawa drafting ‘tough’ new sanctions for North Korea


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