— Canada is likely to give away its nuclear weapons, a senior Canadian diplomat said Friday, as the Trump administration seeks to limit a potential nuclear arms race.
U.S.-based U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Friday that he was ending Canada’s membership in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Canada is a signatory to the treaty, but has rejected the idea of joining the pact.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is also likely to end Canada’s participation in the treaty.
Canadian diplomats told Reuters that the Canadian government does not anticipate a change in its nuclear posture under Trump, who has said the U.L.N.’s membership is a security threat.
tension over North Korea’s nuclear program is likely increasing under the Trump era, Guterre said in a statement, adding that the United States is not ready to commit to a nuclear arms reduction treaty.
He said the two countries are discussing ways to strengthen the international community’s response to North Korea.
Canada was a major supplier of military hardware to the U:nition in the 1960s and 1970s, including B-52 bombers and bombers and other aircraft, and Canada was a leader in producing nuclear weapons.
Canada has not signed the Non-proliferation Protocol, a landmark treaty that prohibits the production of weapons-grade plutonium for civilian uses.
It was signed by 15 other countries in 1968.
The United States has said Canada is violating the non-proLiferation agreement, but Canada has denied that claim.