Gardner Statement on Readiness Exercises with South Korea

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement in response to reports regarding large-scale joint exercises with South Korea.

“I oppose any steps toward normalization without denuclearization of the North Korean regime—the United States should not sacrifice joint military readiness with our allies to appease Kim Jong Un. The reason why these exercises are necessary is because of North Korea’s historically hostile behavior and repeated violations of international law. Maximum pressure means that we must utilize every tool at our disposal in equal measure—economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, and robust military posture—to achieve our goal of complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of North Korea. Decreasing pressure without concrete steps toward denuclearization by Kim Jong Un’s regime is a step in the wrong direction.”

Yesterday, Gardner released a statement on the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.


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 is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.