02.28.19

Gardner Statement on Second North Korean Summit

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement regarding the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

“Kim Jong Un must realize that there can be no normalization without denuclearization. Kim Jong Un is a two-bit dictator who will always put his own interests and the preservation of his neo-Stalinist regime ahead of the basic human rights of the people of his country,” said Senator Gardner. “North Korea continues to be a nuclear threat to the United States and our allies, and every time we have tried to negotiate in good faith with this regime, it led to a shakedown – pure and simple. Under the North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act and the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, legislation I authored that was signed into law, sanctions must remain in place until there is complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of the North Korean regime. Under US law, the goal of any negotiations with Pyongyang must only be to bring the regime into compliance with its international obligations – no more, no less. Until then, we must pursue the policy of maximum pressure, including full sanctions enforcement, robust military posture, and international regime isolation, in coordination with our allies and partners around the globe.”   

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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.