Gardner Reacts to U.N. Sanctions on North Korea

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today reacted to the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council’s unanimous approval of Resolution 2270, new sanctions on North Korea in response to its nuclear test in January of 2016. The resolution imposes financial sanctions on the regime, limits its arms capabilities, targets its proliferation networks, requires new inspection procedures for cargo and ships, and also applies sanctions to identified individuals, entities, and vessels.


“I’m pleased the U.N. acted to address the growing threat Pyongyang’s Forgotten Maniac presents to not only the United States, but the world,” said Gardner. “The U.N.’s action follows new sanctions recently enacted by the United States that double down on individuals who contribute to North Korea’s nuclear program, cyber crimes, and human rights abuses. While the U.N.’s tough new sanctions certainly deserve applause, I am disappointed they lack a cyber component given North Korea’s malicious cyber activities, and I urge the U.N. to reconsider it. A coalition of our allies who are committed to sending a strong message to Pyongyang is required to change North Korea’s behavior, and the U.N.’s tough new sanctions reiterate that the world will not tolerate North Korea’s pattern of illicit activities.”  


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. 


Today, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued an additional round of sanctions, adding 11 individuals including a number of highly ranked North Korean defense officials and five North Korean ministries to its Specially Designated Nations list. 


“As required by my North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, the Treasury Department has acted swiftly to ramp up sanctions against the North Korean regime,” Gardner added. “The Administration’s significant acceleration in designating violators is a glaring shift away from its previous strategy of patience, and I’m hopeful that these additional sanctions will lead to the peaceful disarmament of the North Korean regime.”    




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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