- Sen. Gardner: Trump should seize the opportunity to communicate to Kim Jong Un that the US remains committed to standing up to tyrants
- Turning a blind eye to North Korea produced one of the greatest and most complex security challenges facing the incoming administration, Gardner says
Cory Gardner, a Republican, is the junior United States senator from Colorado. He previously served as the US representative for Colorado's 4th congressional district. This views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)The Obama administration's failed policy of "strategic patience" toward Pyongyang contributed to the rapid development of North Korea's arsenal of mass destruction. The acceleration of its nuclear and ballistic missile program represents a grave threat to global peace and stability -- and a direct threat to the American homeland in the immediate future.