Gardner Addresses Situation in North Korea

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner, Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific released the following statement regarding the developing situation in North Korea:

"Our policy toward North Korea should be straight forward - we will deploy every economic, diplomatic, and if necessary military tool to deter them. I will continue to call on this administration to fully implement my sanctions legislation that is currently law, in order to dramatically ramp up pressure that can bring Kim Jong Un to his senses and to stop what would be a dramatic loss of life on the Korean Peninsula and a direct threat to US military personnel stationed in the region.

“We can only negotiate with this rogue regime from a position of strength, and I firmly believe the best option to stop North Korea goes through Beijing. China is responsible for 90% of North Korea's trade, a tenfold increase in the last 15 years. It’s time to hold China accountable for their refusal to shut off trade with North Korea, and if they do not take the necessary steps to help us prevent a nuclear war, it must mean that business as usual is over between the United States and China.”

Gardner authored the North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act. Signed into law by President Obama in February of 2016, the legislation marked the first time Congress imposed stand-alone mandatory sanctions on North Korea. Gardner has called for additional steps –including his bipartisan legislation recently authored that would ban any entity that does business with North Korea or its enablers from using the United States financial system.