Sen­a­tor calls for global em­bargo

As mis­sile tests go on, Gard­ner wants pres­sure

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Noelle Phillips

U.S. Sen. Cory Gard­ner called for a global eco­nomic em­bargo and urged China to in­flict diplo­matic pres­sure on North Korea af­ter the coun­try test-fired a pos­si­ble in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile early Tues­day.

In a news re­lease, Gard­ner said each North Korean mis­sile test and weak in­ter­na­tional re­sponse pushes the United States closer to mil­i­tary con­flict.

“Ev­ery na­tion of con­science should cut off all fi­nance and trade with Py­ongyang, with a few lim­ited hu­man­i­tar­ian ex­cep­tions, un­til such time that Py­ongyang is will­ing to meet its in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments to peace­fully de­nu­cle­arize,” Gard­ner’s state­ment said. “The United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil should im­me­di­ately en­dorse such an em­bargo in a new res­o­lu­tion and make it bind­ing on all na­tions.”

De­tails of the mis­sile test were un­clear Tues­day, but the United States and its al­lies re­ported that it flew about 40 min­utes and may be North Korea’s most suc­cess­ful long-range mis­sile test to date.

Gard­ner, a Colorado Repub­li­can, is chair­man of the se­nate for­eign re­la­tions sub­com­mit­tee on East Asia, the Pa­cific and in­ter­na­tional cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

Gard­ner said he was draft­ing leg­is­la­tion to ban any en­tity that does busi­ness with North Korea or its en­ablers from us­ing the U.S. fi­nan­cial sys­tem, and he praised the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion for im­pos­ing sanc­tions last week against a Chi­nese bank for aid­ing North Korea.

His news re­lease ended with a call for to China push Py­ongyang to­ward end­ing its nu­clear weapons pro­gram.

“If China fails to act, as it has to date, its re­la­tion­ship with the United States can­not re­main the same,” the state­ment said. “Bei­jing now has a real de­ci­sion to make — al­low the dan­ger­ous pat­tern of es­ca­la­tion to con­tinue or step up and help de­ter a po­ten­tial nu­clear war.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.