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Scott TiptonScott TiptonJuly 16, 20186min249

Last year, all eyes turned to North Korea as the hermit kingdom launched yet another ballistic missile, this time into the Sea of Japan. Actions like this pose a huge threat to global security and are cause for immediate concern. They also raise important questions, the main being: how do we better prevent hostile nations and dangerous organizations from gaining access to nuclear, chemical, biological and other hazardous weapons?


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanJune 29, 20186min335

President Trump’s approach to foreign affairs has been blunt, to say the least, and certainly has not conformed with what has come to be accepted as de rigueur diplomatic behavior. But, while bearing the president's distinct mark, the approach is not entirely unprecedented, and has even spawned some considerable successes, mostly centered around reversing mistakes of the previous administration and reasserting American strength. But the mutual temper tantrums displayed by the playboys-in chief of the U.S. and Canada at the end of the G-7 meeting in Quebec – on the eve of the North Korea summit – might indicate an unwillingness on Trump’s part to keep his eye on the important ball.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 16, 20183min445

OK, so the State Department’s in turmoil. No problem; the U.S.’s closest allies know whose door to knock on when they come calling in our nation’s capital — Cory Gardner’s, of course! At least, when it comes to South Korea. The Republican U.S. senator from Yuma has, after all, become an ad hoc point man for U.S. policy toward the Korean Peninsula amid North Korea’s nuclear brinkmanship.

This week, Gardner’s office announced, he hosted a visit to his office from South Korea’s foreign minister, H.E. Kyung-Wha Kang:

In his capacity as Subcommittee Chairman, Gardner welcomed the Foreign Minister to the United States and hosted a discussion with several other members of the Foreign Relations Committee. …

… Senator Gardner has been the leader in the Senate on efforts to bring a peaceful denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula. Gardner is the author of the Leverage to Enhance Effective Diplomacy Act (LEED). This bipartisan legislation requires the President to impose an economic embargo on North Korea and its enablers. Additionally, it requires the President to block any entity or financial institution implicated in any significant trade with North Korea from the U.S. financial system.

Gardner’s office notes he is also the author of the North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act, which “marked the first time Congress imposed stand-alone mandatory sanctions on North Korea.”

Gardner really earned his bona fides on Korean affairs last year, when a North Korean news service, channeling erratic North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un, assailed Colorado’s junior senator as a man “who has lost basic judgment and body hair.”

Sure, it’s impressive enough when friendly foreign dignitaries drop by your office, but when unfriendly ones call you a “psychopath,” you know you’ve arrived.

Especially given a now-Tillerson-less State Department, it’s reassuring to know there’s a steady hand on the, ahem, tiller. One whom Donald Trump can’t fire. (The president does know he can’t fire a U.S. senator, right?)


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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 7, 20182min493

Coloradans had some Cory, North Korea and crisis with their morning coffee today, as the Republican senator from Yuma appeared on “CBS This morning.”

“There is no doubt the sanctions put in place on the Kim regime are starting to work,” Gardner said of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Gardner said U.S. allies around the globe have helped ramp up the pressure on the nuke-rattling enemy of our nation.

But that doesn’t mean the crisis is over, just because Kim has softened his tone about talks.

“We not only have to take this sign, this gesture to talk, not only with a grain of salt but perhaps with an entire salt block,” he told the morning news show.

Gardner has kept up the pressure on North Korea from his bully pulpit as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity.

In January he backed the Trump administration’s policies to target North Korea’s crude oil industry, as well as blacklisting businesses, individuals and ships believed to help the isolated country evade trade sanctions.

Gardner said Wednesday morning that his advice to Trump is not to let up.

“What this administration needs to continue to do is apply maximum pressure, as it has, (and) continue to engage China and other countries around the world to enforce stricter standards and stricter sanctions,” Gardner said on CBS.