Canada seeks sovereignty over North Pole

Canada's foreign minister says the country intends to extend its seabed claims in the Arctic to include the North Pole.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday that the government has asked scientists to work on a future submission to the United Nations claiming that the outer limits of its continental shelf include the pole.

Canada last week applied to extend its seabed claims in the Atlantic, including some preliminary Arctic claims.

Countries including the U.S. and Russia are increasingly looking to the Arctic as a source of natural resources, including oil and gas, and shipping lanes.

Canada's claim was submitted to the U.N. Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.

No government currently has sovereignty over the North Pole.

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