Date
24 May 2017
North Koreans dance in Pyongyang earlier this month to celebrate what the country claims was a "successful hydrogen bomb" test. Credit: Reuters/Kyodo
North Koreans dance in Pyongyang earlier this month to celebrate what the country claims was a "successful hydrogen bomb" test. Credit: Reuters/Kyodo

US House backs broader North Korea sanctions

The US House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday to pass legislation that would broaden sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear program.

The measure passed by 418-2, with overwhelming support from Republicans and Democrats, and Senate leaders said they expect to consider a similar bill shortly, Reuters reported.

The House bill had been introduced in early 2015, but was not brought up for a vote until after Pyongyang announced last Wednesday that it tested a hydrogen bomb. 

“(The bill) uses targeted financial pressure to isolate (North Korean leader) Kim Jong-un and his top officials from the assets they maintain in foreign banks, and from the hard currency that sustains their rule,” Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was quoted as saying.

To become law, the legislation must be passed by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama.

Party leaders touted the overwhelming vote as Congress’ response to what they termed Obama’s failure to respond to Pyongyang’s action.

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