Gardner: “North Korea Sanctions Are Positive Step Forward”

Washington D.C. — Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity released the below statement following the Trump Administration announcing a new round of sanctions against North Korea and their enablers. The sanctions targeting North Korea’s crude oil industry include nine entities, sixteen individuals, and six vessels. Some of the individuals and entities sanctioned are based out of Russia and China.


“The sanctions announced today against North Korea and their enablers are another positive step forward in this administration’s efforts to hold bad actors responsible for aiding North Korea and their rogue regime,” Gardner said. “The ultimate goal must be the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the North Korean regime, and our policy must be to give nations and companies a clear choice – do business with the United States or do business with a rogue regime like North Korea.”


Senator Gardner is the author of the Leverage to Enhance Effective Diplomacy Act (LEED). This bipartisan legislation requires the President to impose an economic embargo on North Korea and its enablers. Additionally, it requires the President to block any entity or financial institution implicated in any significant trade with North Korea from the U.S. financial system.


Read more on the LEED Act here.




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 Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy


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