Gardner Receives Commitment from State Department Official to Sanction Additional Chinese Entities


Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today chaired a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing titled, “The Persistent Threat of North Korea and Developing an Effective U.S. Response.” Gardner questioned the Honorable Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary Of State for Bureau Of East Asian And Pacific Affairs, as well as the Honorable Daniel Fried, the United States Department of State Coordinator for Sanctions Policy.


At the hearing, Gardner secured a commitment from Fried to sanction additional Chinese entities that are aiding North Korea.  


Gardner has repeatedly called on the Administration to impose secondary sanctions on individuals and entities tied to North Korea’s nefarious activities. Earlier this month, Gardner sent a letter to President Obama calling for immediate sanctions on Chinese entities that provide assistance to North Korea. Gardner also released a statement following the Obama Administration’s decision to sanction a Chinese company for aiding North Korea.  


“I’m encouraged the State Department is continuing to implement my North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act by sanctioning a Chinese company and four Chinese nationals for aiding North Korea’s regime and weapons program and I was glad to hear assurance that more designations of Chinese entities are on the way,” said Gardner. “I remain concerned, however, the Administration has not designated any North Korean entities for malicious cyber-enabled activities, despite clear evidence I discussed at the hearing, such as the North Korean hack of F-15 fighter jet designs disclosed in June of this year. We must continue to investigate entities across the board, no matter where they are based, that may be supporting Kim Jong-un and move forward with sanctions, as required under my bill. I will continue to press the Administration to increase pressure on North Korea and stand with our allies in South Korea and Japan to counter this rising aggression.”



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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