Ottawa | Canada will not be able to defend itself against the missiles fired by North Korea this week, and the United States will have no obligation to defend us.
“When you look closely at our agreements, there is no guarantee that the United States will protect us against any aggression by air, land or sea,” retired Maj. Gen. Walter Semyonov told a parliamentary committee this week.
North Korea on Thursday launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the west coast of North America, just a few kilometers from Japan.
“Canada calls on North Korea to immediately suspend its missile tests and tests,” Canada said in a statement, calling on Pyongyang to “engage in dialogue with the international community.
A roll of dice
James Ferguson, a professor at the Center for Defense and Security Studies at the University of Manitoba, explained that if an attack were made in our direction, Canadians could only trust the goodwill of their neighbors.
“We did not participate. We are not involved. We do not invest. So it’s like throwing dice to Canada. [L’intervention des États-Unis] It depends on the different strategic views: what the missile jet will look like, where it will go, and how fast it can be identified, ”he told lawmakers.
However, the proximity of most of our major cities to the U.S. border is working in our favor. Ferguson pointed out. According to him, an attack by Russia, China or North Korea would not make a difference between Canada and the United States.
“They have a very clear understanding that we are economically integrated. They see us as a single target, in my opinion,” he said.
Useless speed cameras
Stephen Sideman of the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University acknowledged that “the missile threat is real.”
He pointed out that while our neighbors were ready to defend us, “we would be affected anyway” by the outdated nature of our missile detection systems.
Robert Hubert, a professor at the University of Calgary, explained that radars relying on the North American Space Defense Command (NORAD) could not detect long-range cruise missiles sent from Russia via the Arctic Circle.
Before the parliamentary committee, an expert on Arctic security and sovereignty, Mr. Hubert said our radar network in the north is also blind to hypersonic missiles. The weapons, which Moscow says are used in Ukraine, can hit targets at a distance of 2,000 km at five times the speed of sound.
The North Korean missile is capable of carrying multiple conventional or nuclear weapons, each following an independent trajectory that is difficult to intercept by anti-missile systems.
Asia under pressure
North Korea’s manpower, one of Russia’s rare allies, comes in the midst of the war in Ukraine, but also when China deploys forces not found in the Indo – Pacific region after World War II.
The U.S. military says China has set up a number of military bases on coral reefs in the South China Sea, where the United States has placed Beijing in disputed territory. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.