Gardner, Colleagues Urge United Nations Security Council to Take Action on North Korea

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council to immediately impose additional sanctions on North Korea. Earlier this week, Gardner condemned the missile test carried out by North Korea.

Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Gardner as signatories of the letter.


The letter reads in full:


Dear Mr. President:

We are encouraged by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting today to discuss the urgency of the threat posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).  The DPRK has flagrantly defied the international community by illicitly developing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and has violated UNSC resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016), and 2321 (2016).

We urge the UNSC to take immediate and additional actions to increase the pressure on the DPRK and bring Pyongyang into full compliance with its international obligations.  In particular, we urge you to adopt new sanctions that prohibit the DPRK’s access to hard currency, prohibit the imports of minerals from the DPRK, cut off the oil supply to the DPRK, and take additional actions to address the DPRK’s malicious cyber behavior. 

Thank you for your urgent attention to this request.