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Senate committee passes N.K. sanctions legislation

All News 01:53 January 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday passed a bill significantly tightening sanctions on North Korea in the wake of its fourth nuclear test.

The committee unanimously passed the legislation that combined two similar bills, one of them proposed by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and the other by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-C), chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia.

Both bills have called for significantly strengthening sanctions on Pyongyang.

Calls for their passage have gained bipartisan traction after the North stunned the world with a surprise nuclear test on Jan. 6 that it claimed involved a hydrogen bomb, a sophisticated nuclear weapon with yields much greater than conventional ones.

The House overwhelmingly passed its own sanctions legislation on the North a week after the nuclear test.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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