11.22.19

Gardner Statement on South Korea and Japan Intelligence Sharing Pact

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today regarding South Korea’s announcement that it would remain in an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, which allows South Korea and Japan to share sensitive information including details of North Korean military launches.

“The free world must continue to work together to monitor the madman in Pyongyang and his nuclear ambitions,” said Senator Gardner. “This announcement is welcome news, and I applaud South Korea and Japan for their commitment to promoting stability in the region and holding Kim Jong Un accountable for his hostile actions. A strong, trilateral relationship between our three countries can arguably provide the most effective policy tool to deter Pyongyang and to promote lasting peace and security in the region.”

Gardner’s Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, signed into law in 2018, established a policy goal to peacefully denuclearize North Korea and supports a trilateral security cooperation between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan.

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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.