Gardner Statement on North Korea Nuclear Developments

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement reacting to recent reports that North Korea may have re-started its nuclear reactor in Yongbyon and plans to drastically increase its nuclear stockpile:                                                                         

“I am closely monitoring these extremely disturbing reports regarding North Korea. According to nuclear experts, North Korea may already be in possession of as many as 20 nuclear warheads, with the potential to possess as many as 100 within the next five years.  This amounts to an alarming escalation of the nuclear threat from one of the world’s most dangerous regimes and represents a grave threat to U.S. national security and that of our allies in the region.

“We should not forget that in a deal with the United States over 20 years ago, North Korea pledged to dismantle their nuclear program. Today, we are reaping the harvest of failed policies of engagement with a regime that has no respect for international agreements or international norms. The Administration must take immediate action to stop North Korea’s development of its nuclear arsenal, and draw the appropriate policy conclusions as it negotiates with other rogue states that seek to obtain nuclear weapons to threaten the free world.”