WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke about the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea. After North Korea fired multiple missiles into the Sea of Japan on March 5, Gardner released a statement condemning Pyongyang and requested a full briefing from the administration on policies to counter North Korean aggression.
Gardner repeatedly called on the Obama Administration to accelerate the deployment of THAAD, and in February urged the Trump Administration to “expedite the placement of THAAD in South Korea to protect our allies and the tens of thousands of American troops in the region.”
As chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Gardner authored the North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act. Signed into law by President Obama in February of 2016, the legislation marked the first time Congress imposed stand-alone mandatory sanctions on North Korea.