Senator calls for global embargo
As missile tests go on, Gardner wants pressure
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.”