GOP senator: Obama turned 'blind eye' to North Korea

Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerRepublicans jockey for position on immigration Bipartisan bill would toughen North Korea sanctions, require Trump's strategy GOP senators push for delay of ObamaCare insurer tax MORE (R-Colo.) on Saturday criticized the Obama administration for its “failed policy” toward North Korea.

“A rogue regime headed by a leader with no respect for human dignity, North Korea’s forgotten maniac Kim Jong-Un has been met with indifference instead of resolve,” Gardner said in the weekly GOP address.

“And while the Obama administration has rightfully focused attention on developments in the Middle East, for too long it has turned a blind eye to the North Korean threat,” he added.

“It’s time to reverse this administration’s failed policy of strategic patience.”

Gardner sponsored the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, which was signed on Thursday by President Obama

He said the bill will discourage North Korea’s “pattern of belligerent behavior that endangers the globe,” such as its long-range rocket launch earlier this month that experts believe is an illegal ballistic missile test.

“My bill is a tough rebuke of Kim Jung-Un and a dramatic change in U.S. policy toward North Korea,” he said.

“It imposes mandatory sanctions on individuals who contribute to North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program, its malicious cyberattacks, its censorship activities and the regime’s continued human rights abuses,” he added. 

“The goal of this bill is simple: to quell North Korea’s aggression, peacefully disarm the regime, and restore human rights.”

Gardner said the bill sends a clear message to the world that America “will not tolerate patterns of belligerence.”