Gardner Condemns North Korean Submarine Ballistic Missile Test

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following reports that North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test from a submarine.


“North Korea’s latest illegal, provocative action, attempting to launch a ballistic missile from a submarine, highlights the growing danger Kim Jong Un’s regime poses to the region and the homeland,” said Gardner. “Regardless of whether the latest launch was successful, their technology is rapidly advancing and capabilities are growing. The latest development is further evidence that the U.S. should move forward urgently with applying additional sanctions, pursuant to my legislation, to stop the Forgotten Maniac. The Administration must ratchet up pressure now on North Korea and its enablers, no matter where they are based, in order to protect the US homeland and our allies in the region and ultimately, peacefully disarm the regime.”


  • In March of 2016, Gardner condemned North Korea’s missile launch hours after the United Nations imposed sanctions on North Korea. 
  • In February of 2016, President Barack Obama signed Gardner’s North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act into law. This legislation received rare, overwhelming bipartisan support, passing the Senate 96-0 and the House of Representatives by 408-2. The bill imposes mandatory sanctions on individuals who contribute to North Korea’s nuclear program and proliferation activities, cyberattacks, censorship of its citizens, and the regime’s continued human rights abuses, and is a drastic new direction away from the Administration’s discretionary sanctions. 
  • Gardner reacted to reports of U.S. peace talks with North Korea in early January of 2016.
  • In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Gardner urged action against the “Forgotten Maniac.” 




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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