Gardner Statement on North Korea Missile Launch

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following reports that North Korea tested another ballistic missile.

“North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test is yet another reminder to the United States, China, and the international community, that we need to take every measure to stop the madman in Pyongyang, and we must do so now,” said Gardner. “President Trump must tell President Xi this week that the policy of ‘strategic patience’ is now over and China must choose to either do its part to stop Kim Jong Un, or face the consequences. The United States must respond to this belligerent behavior by sanctioning all entities that are aiding North Korea’s illicit activities, including imposing secondary sanctions on any Chinese entities involved.

“My North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act provides the Administration the necessary tools to further increase pressure on the North Korean regime and I urge President Trump to utilize this legislation to further isolate Pyongyang. We must also stand with our allies Japan and South Korea to counter Kim Jong Un’s increasingly belligerent behavior and prove to the world the United States will no longer lead from behind, but instead lead the effort to stop this grave threat.” 

Last week, Gardner, along with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin calling for full enforcement of United States and United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Gardner led the effort to impose broad new sanctions against North Korea by authoring the North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act. Signed into law by President Obama in February of 2016, the legislation marked the first time Congress imposed stand-alone mandatory sanctions on North Korea.