Gardner Statement on North Korea Sanctions

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after the Obama Administration announced additional sanctions on North Korea through an executive order to implement Gardner’s North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act. Signed into law in February of 2016, the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act imposes mandatory sanctions on individuals who contribute to North Korea’s nuclear program and proliferation activities, malicious cyberattacks, censorship of its citizens, and the regime’s continued human rights abuses.

“The new sanctions against North Korea represent a positive first step toward putting serious pressure on this belligerent regime, and I am encouraged that the Administration has acted swiftly to implement portions of my North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act,” said Gardner. “However, I urge the Administration to expand sanctions designations to cover cybersecurity and human rights violators, as mandated by my legislation, along with actions against non-North Korean entities assisting or doing business with the regime. As Pyongyang’s Forgotten Maniac’s aggression grows, so must the United States’ actions to deter the threat.”



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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