Gardner Statement on North Korea Missile Launch

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


“As North Korea’s Kim Jong Un continues to defy international sanctions and threaten the United States and our allies with another ballistic missile launch, our response is clear: we will not tolerate this belligerent behavior,” said Gardner. “I have introduced bipartisan legislation that imposes an economic embargo on North Korea and punishes the rouge regime’s enablers. China is responsible for ninety percent of trade with North Korea and my legislation targets entities involved in these activities. I will continue to urge the Administration to fully implement a maximum pressure approach and take meaningful steps to stop the madman in Pyongyang.”


As Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, Gardner has been the leader in the Senate in deterring North Korea’s heinous regime. Gardner authored 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.


Earlier this month, Gardner introduced bipartisan legislation that would ban any entity that does business with North Korea or its enablers from using the United States financial system and to impose U.S. sanctions on all those participating in North Korean labor trafficking abuses. Senator Gardner has applauded recent steps taken by the Trump Administration to ramp up pressure on North Korea, including for the first time designating a Chinese financial institution doing business with North Korea. Ninety percent of North Korea’s trade is conducted with China and Beijing must use its economic leverage to stop North Korea’s illicit and dangerous behavior. Recent reports indicate that China’s trade with North Korea has significantly increased instead.




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.

354 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

(202) 224-5941