Gardner Statement on Reports of North Korean Launch

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement regarding reports that North Korea launched two projectiles, believed to be ballistic missiles.  

“North Korea is engaged in increasingly escalatory behavior, including today’s ballistic missile launch that directly threatened the safety of United States service members in Japan,” said Senator Gardner. “Such serious provocations deserve global condemnation and a show of determined resolve from the United States and our allies, including upgrading our joint military exercises with our partners in the region and deploying additional US military assets to deter Pyongyang. This launch and continued North Korean aggression underscore the need for the Trump Administration to re-commit to the maximum pressure policy and for Congress to quickly pass my bipartisan legislation to impose additional sanctions against the Kim regime.”  

As Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, Gardner has been the leader in the Senate in deterring North Korea’s heinous regime. Gardner authored the North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act signed into law by President Obama in February of 2016. The legislation marked the first time Congress imposed stand-alone mandatory sanctions on North Korea.

Gardner recently introduced the Leverage to Enhance Effective Diplomacy (LEED) Act, comprehensive bipartisan legislation to economically and diplomatically pressure North Korea and its enablers through the imposition of sanctions; to authorize efforts to combat Pyongyang’s widespread human rights and labor trafficking abuses; and to support the Administration’s efforts to find a diplomatic solution to achieve the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the North Korea regime. The legislation also calls on North Korea to immediately return the U.S.S. Pueblo, which was illegally seized in international waters in January 1968. 


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.