Justin Trudeau condemns North Korean missile testing, asks UN to step in

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets the press before going into the Liberal cabinet retreat in Calgary, Alta., Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned North Korea's latest missile testing and is urging the United Nations to take further steps to contain the country's nuclear proliferation efforts.

Trudeau issued a statement Sunday that says North Korea's "aggressive" missile testing program" threatens the safety and security of its neighbours and the international community.

The statement calls on the UN Security Council to take further decisive action to effectively constrain North Korea's proliferation efforts.

Earlier in the day North Korea announced it had detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet, which the country's government declared a "perfect success."

Trudeau also stated that Canada would continue to work with allies including South Korea, Japan, and the U.S., but did not provide more details on his government's involvement.

He has previously stated that Canada would not get involved in the U.S. ballistic missile defence shield.

Canada was invited to join the American continental missile-shield system more than a decade ago, but then-prime minister Paul Martin opted against it in 2005 following an extremely divisive national debate.

The Conservative government under Stephen Harper was likewise unwilling to reopen the debate, despite having supported Canada's participation in ballistic missile defence while in opposition.

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