Gov't: US Senate Bill Reflects Consensus on Need for Strong Response on N. Korea

Write : 2016-01-29 18:48:45 Update : 2016-01-29 18:54:10

Gov't: US Senate Bill Reflects Consensus on Need for Strong Response on N. Korea

The government said that a stronger sanctions bill on North Korea passed by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee reflects the consensus within the United States that a tough response against the North's nuclear test is necessary.

A Foreign Ministry official in Seoul said Friday that the bipartisan push for bills to step up sanctions against North Korea demonstrates the widely held consensus in the U.S. regarding the grave nature of the North's nuclear test and the need for a stern response.

The official said the legislation approved by the Senate committee is a powerful bill as it calls for mandatory sanctions on entities and individuals who transfer major minerals such as coal and steel in connection with weapons of mass destruction and proliferation activities.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Friday unanimously passed a Senate revision of a North Korea sanctions implementation bill approved by the House of Representatives on January 12.

The legislation is expected to be put to a vote during a Senate plenary session next month, after which it will be readjusted by the House and Senate and signed by the president for the bill to take effect.

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