Gardner Meets with South Korea’s Defense Minister

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the below statement following his meeting with the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Korea, Jeong Kyeong-doo:

Korean Defense Minister 

“It was an honor to sit down with the ROK Minister of Defense, Jeong Kyeong-doo, during his visit to Washington,”said Senator Cory Gardner. “We reaffirmed the importance of the U.S-ROK alliance as the lynchpin of peace and stability in East Asia, and discussed steps to achieve the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of the North Korean regime, as mandated by international and U.S. law, including the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act that was recently signed into law by President Trump. Minister Jeong and I agreed about the importance of maintaining pressure on the North Korean regime through faithful enforcement of existing sanctions and maintaining robust military posture, including through joint bilateral exercises and trilateral cooperation between the U.S., the ROK, and Japan.”


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 is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.