Gardner’s North Korea Playbook Being Carried out by Trump Administration

Washington, D.C.–Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the following statement reading the Trump Administration’s announcement that they will expand authority to go after individuals, businesses, and banks involved with trade with North Korea. 


“The actions announced by the Administration today are what I have been calling for, and are a huge step forward in the United States efforts to stop a nuclear war from breaking out on the Korean Peninsula,” said Gardner. “We need to make the choice clear to North Korea’s enablers, wherever they are based: they can do business with the United States, the most powerful economy in the world, or they can do business with an outlaw regime in North Korea.”


China accounts for 90 percent of North Korea’s trade and there are over 5,000 Chinese companies doing business with North Korea. Earlier this summer, Senator Gardner introducedbipartisan legislation that would ban any entity that does business with North Korea or its enablers from using the United States financial system. The Executive Order reflects Gardner’s legislation and targets entities that Gardner has long called to sanction.



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

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