US House Overwhelmingly Passes New Sanctions Against North Korea

© AFP 2022 / KIM JAE-HWANA mock North Korean missile is pictured during a rally denouncing North Korea's nuclear test and its recent missile launches, at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul
A mock North Korean missile is pictured during a rally denouncing North Korea's nuclear test and its recent missile launches, at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul - Sputnik International
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The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill on Tuesday to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea following its January 6 nuclear test.

A South Korean soldier stands as a North Korean flag flutters in the wind atop a 160-meter (533-foot) tower in the village of Gijungdong near the north side of the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The bill passed in a vote of 418 to 2 on Tuesday, and was described by bill sponsor Congressman Ed Royce as "the most comprehensive North Korean sanctions legislation to come before [the House of Representatives]."

The sanctions bill will use targeted financial and economic pressure to further isolate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as top officials in his regime. It will block the sanctioned individuals from accessing foreign assets and hard currency.

On January 6, North Korea announced they had carried out a nuclear weapons test in violation of international norms and existing international sanctions.

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