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Obama OKs new sanctions against NKorea over nuclear program

Obama OKs new sanctions against NKorea over nuclear program

President Barack Obama plans to say yes to a new bill broadening US sanctions on North Korea.

The unilateral USA sanctions that Obama approved Thursday would freeze the assets of anyone doing business related to North Korea's nuclear or weapons programs or is involved in human rights abuses in the country.

The announcement by White House Spokesman Josh Earnest came Wednesday at a regular press briefing. The legislation is called H.R. 757 and was passed both by the Senate and the House.

Obama signed the legislation away from the news media and issued no statement.

The expanded sanctions are created to deny North Korea the money it needs to develop miniaturized nuclear warheads and the long-range missiles needed to deliver them.

Tough new multilateral sanctions have been held up at the United Nations Security Council over disagreements between China and other nations.

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The bill also authorizes $10 million annually over the course of five years to transmit radio broadcasts into North Korea and provide humanitarian assistance to fleeing refugees.

"This is an authoritarian regime".

China has reportedly raised concerns about some measures that could potentially devastate North Korea's economy.

South Korea on Friday cut off power and water supplies to the industrial park and announced that its planned talks with the United States on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world, could start next week.

"Today the U.S. Senate in strong bipartisan fashion gave our country a more robust set of tools to confront the growing North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile threat", said Corker.

The Government Accountability Office, the research arm of Congress, wrote in the report that ground-based missile defense system testing, "to date, was insufficient to demonstrate that an operationally useful defense capability exists".

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