05.15.17

Gardner Statement on North Korea Missile Test

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today released the below statement regarding the missile test carried out by North Korea on Sunday:

 

“The most recent missile test by North Korea appears to be one of its most advanced yet, and proves that a policy of maximum pressure that fully enforces all sanctions against the regime is the only way to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses,” said Gardner. “It is clear that North Korea is learning from those tests and improving their capabilities, with the ultimate goal of reaching the U.S. homeland.”

 

Senator Gardner is the author of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act. This legislation, which passed unanimously in the Senate and was signed into law last year, provides the Administration with a wide range of policy options it needs to exact pressure on North Korea and its enablers, wherever they are based.

 

“The time for rhetoric is over – it is time for concerted action,” continued Gardner. “The situation on the Korean Peninsula is at the most unstable point since the armistice and the Administration must immediately ramp up the sanctions track, especially against the Chinese that are enabling North Korea’s nuclear program. I do not believe we are putting requisite pressure against China that is necessary to stop Pyongyang, and I’ll continue to urge the Administration to do so.”

 

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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.

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