04.28.17

Gardner Comments on North Korean Missile Test

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, made the following statement after reports said the North Korean regime tested a ballistic missile:

“The situation on the Korean Peninsula is at the most unstable point since the armistice and today’s missile launch is further proof of that,” said Gardner. “I support the Trump Administration's new maximum pressure policy and as part of that approach, I continue to call on the President to fully enforce my legislation, the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act.  

"If fully enforced, the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act has the potential to economically cripple the North Korean regime and to help ensure China works more faithfully with the United States, Japan, and South Korea to stop the madman in Pyongyang. The United States must also continue show of strength exercises in coordination with our allies, so that North Korea understands that all options are on the table to deter aggression."

As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Gardner led the effort to impose broad new sanctions against North Korea by authoring 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.

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