Gardner Statement on North Korean Hydrogen Bomb Test

Washington – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, released a statement following North Korea’s announcement that they have tested a hydrogen bomb at their Sungjibaegam test site:

"I am monitoring the news developing out of the Korean Peninsula, and hope to have a clearer picture soon of what exactly has occurred. Provocation and belligerence from the dictator in Pyongyang is nothing new. The testing of a hydrogen bomb, however, would serve as a reminder of the danger posed to the world by this often-forgotten maniac who leads a government that grips to power by fear, intimidation, and murder. 

"I've introduced legislation that would impose tough, new, targeted sanctions on the North Korean regime, with the goal of bringing it to an end. With so much attention being paid to events in the Middle East, it’s important the U.S. and our allies also act on the risk posed to us all by the nuclear-armed madman named Kim Jong Un.

“Events like this are a symptom of a failed foreign policy. The Obama Administration’s stance on Russia, Syria, and especially Iran have sent a clear message to dictators and despots around the world: if you act badly enough, for long enough, this Administration will reward your behavior. It’s time for that to stop. It’s time for the United States to provide the leadership that the world so desperately requires.”

Senator Gardner has been a leader on the issue of North Korea throughout his time in the U.S. Senate. In April, he urged the Obama Administration to take action following reports of North Korea expanding its nuclear stockpile. In May, he introduced a resolution urging new sanctions on North Korea in reaction to the regime’s long history of human rights abuses, military threats, and international law violations. In August, he met with South Korean president Park Geun-hye and discussed the threat posed by the North Korean regime. 

In October, Gardner reacted to the Obama Administration’s announcement of limited new sanctions, calling them “not nearly enough”. Later that month, Gardner, along with Senators Risch (R-ID) and Rubio (R-FL) introduced sweeping new sanctions legislation in the Senate. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Senator Gardner discussed his sanctions legislation, urging action to be taken on North Korea’s “forgotten maniac”.



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.