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North Korea Crisis

Beijing must abide by North Korea sanctions, says US senator

Key voice in Asia policy says Chinese violators should face consequences

Sen. Cory Gardner discussed North Korea and China in an exclusive interview with Nikkei on Wednesday. (Photo by Ryo Nakamura)

DENVER, U.S. -- The U.S. should not change its North Korea policy until Pyongyang takes "concrete steps toward denuclearization," and must ensure that China does not offer premature sanctions relief to the North, even if that means punishing Chinese entities that fall out of line, a U.S. senator says.

In an interview with Nikkei, Sen. Cory Gardner, Republican of Colorado, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's subcommittee on East Asia, said North Korea has promised denuclearization in the past, only to renege once it received economic aid. "And so, what we have to do is verify before we trust," he said, reversing a slogan President Ronald Reagan used about the Soviets.

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