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Senator Cory Gardner statement on release of American hostages

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Wednesday morning, President Trump tweeted that Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo was on his way back to the U.S. with three Americans who had been held captive by North Korea.

Several hours later Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement.

“Today’s development is great news for these Americans and their families and I could not be happier that they will soon be back on American soil. Under the previous Administration, I was a vocal opponent of their ‘strategic patience’ strategy and advocated for a maximum pressure doctrine to counter North Korea. This maximum pressure strategy began with my North Korea sanctions legislation and the Trump Administration has carried out this strategy and has brought North Korea to the negotiating table."

“We must continue our maximum pressure campaign on Kim Jong Un until we achieve our ultimate goal — complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. I will continue to work with President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo ahead of the President’s summit with North Korea and will do everything I can to guarantee a successful summit.”

Senator Gardner authored the North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancements Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in 2016. This was the first time Congress imposed stand alone mandatory sanctions on North Korea. Gardner also recently introduced bipartisan legislation to impose an economic and diplomatic embargo against North Korea and its enablers, and to authorize efforts to combat Pyongyang's widespread human rights and labor trafficking abuses. 

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