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.