Canada has moved to adopt a controlled engagement, which will limit its bilateral contact with North Korea to regional security concerns, the humanitarian and human rights situation in North Korea, consular issues and inter-Korean relations, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon has announced. Canada is also set to impose additional economic sanctions on North Korea, according to a news release from Cannon’s office.

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

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