Gardner: The President's Policy on North Korea Has Been Rejected

Washington – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed new sanctions legislation against North Korea by a margin of 418-2:                                                                                                                                             

“Today, members of both parties in the House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected President Obama’s failed policy of ‘strategic patience’ towards North Korea. The drastic expansion of the North Korean regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile arsenal, including their recent fourth test of a nuclear weapon, demonstrates definitively that it’s time for a new course of action. North Korea has now tested nuclear weapons three times since President Obama took office in 2009. 

“I’ve introduced legislation in the Senate which would impose tough new mandatory sanctions on the regime, forcing President Obama to act. Just today, Senate leadership announced that my legislation will be voted on by the Foreign Relations Committee. I will do everything I can to ensure that my bill passes through the Committee and receives strong support on the Senate floor. Strategic patience has been a strategic failure. It’s time for the United States to lead.”                                                                                                                                           

As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Senator Gardner has been a leader on the issue of North Korea 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 chaired a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on North Korea and the Obama Administration’s failed policies and 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”. After the regime’s nuclear test in January, Gardner responded by calling for immediate consideration of new sanctions legislation.


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.