Gardner Reacts to North Korea Peace Talks

WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after a news report stated the Obama Administration engaged in secret talks with North Korea without preconditions. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama Administration agreed to talks without requiring North Korea to first curb its nuclear program, representing a significant pivot from previous U.S. policy. North Korea reportedly refused the U.S. concession, and the talks ceased after North Korea’s latest nuclear test in early January of 2016.

“It is extremely disappointing, yet unsurprising, that the Obama Administration would talk with North Korea without tough preconditions, including ending its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, human rights abuses, or cyber attacks. It was dangerously naïve for the Obama Administration to offer concessions to Pyongyang’s Forgotten Maniac, Kim Jong-un, especially when we've seen the Iranian nuclear deal fail to change the behavior of that regime,” said Gardner. “Like Iran, North Korea doesn’t play by the rules, and it’s far past time that the United States meets its aggression with strength. My North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act changes U.S. policy to offer real solutions to counter North Korea’s belligerence. I’m proud it has been signed into law and it represents a significant shift away from the Obama Administration’s failed policy that has led to three nuclear tests since President Obama assumed office.”

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, malicious cyberattacks, censorship of its citizens, and the regime’s continued human rights abuses.



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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