Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the following statement regarding North Korea carrying out a what may have been their most advanced and significant nuclear test under Kim Jong Un's regime.
"Now is the time to take unprecedented steps to stop North Korea," said Gardner. "This latest nuclear test by Kim Jong Un may be the clearest sign that we have seen that they are ready and willing to start a nuclear war that would lead to unimaginable destruction and loss of life on the Korean Peninsula.
"The international community needs to finally join together in completely isolating this dangerous regime. North Korea should be immediately kicked out of the United Nations and under the leadership of the United States, the United Nations Security Council should enact a new resolution that imposes a full economic embargo on North Korea that bans all of Pyongyang's economic activities, including petroleum resources, except for limited humanitarian exceptions. I am also continuing to call on the Administration to block all entities that do business with North Korea, no matter where they are based, from conducting any financial activities through the US financial system. My bipartisan legislation would achieve this goal and I am ready to work with the Administration and leaders in Congress to pass this bill immediately.
"These economic tools need to be combined with robust military deterrent, including imposing a US-led international naval blockade of North Korea in order to ensure a full enforcement of United Nations actions. We must also continue frequent show of force exercises by the United States and our partners in Seoul and Tokyo, enhanced missile defense activities, and assurance of extended US nuclear deterrence to our allies. Kim Jong Un must know that any serious provocation will be met with a full range of US military capabilities."
Gardner recently introduced bipartisan legislation that would ban any entity that does business with North Korea or its enablers from using the United States financial system.