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U.S. senator calls for 'secondary sanctions' on Chinese firms doing business with N.K.

All Headlines 07:01 January 03, 2017

By Chang Jae-soon

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- The incoming U.S. administration of Donald Trump should impose "secondary sanctions" on Chinese firms doing business with North Korea to intensify pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear program, a U.S. senator said Monday.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) issued the appeal in an article to CNN, saying turning a blind eye to the problem under outgoing President Barack Obama's "strategic patience" policy produced "one of the greatest and most complex security challenges facing the incoming Trump administration."

"I urge the new administration to utilize the so-called secondary sanctions, which target outside entities, or companies, that help Pyongyang engage in illicit behavior. Many of these companies are based in the People's Republic of China, and the U.S. must not be afraid to anger Beijing by going after them," Gardner said.

"I urge the Trump administration to immediately pursue and implement a full range of economic and criminal unilateral sanctions on any entity that violates North Korea sanctions. Our message must be clear: If you do business with Pyongyang, you will face the full wrath of the U.S. economic sanctions regime," he said.

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Gardner, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, has been a leading voice in Congress for stronger pressure on the North. He authored the landmark North Korea sanctions legislation that passed through Congress last year.

The senator also urged the Trump administration to reassure allies, such as South Korea and Japan, "through action that any aggression from North Korea will result in unwavering diplomatic and military support from the United States."

Gardner also called for expediting the planned deployment of the THAAD missile defense system. In addition, the U.S. should also consider relisting the North as a state sponsor of terrorism and stripping Pyongyang of its U.N. membership.

"While U.S. policy toward North Korea has been enhanced with the new sanctions legislation, we still have not peacefully disarmed Pyongyang -- and that should be the primary and unwavering U.S. policy goal," Gardner said.

"Through a policy of strength, the incoming Trump administration should seize the immediate opportunity to communicate with action to Kim Jong-un, as well as our allies, that the United States remains committed to standing up to tyrants, and ensuring peace and stability around the globe," he said.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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