The House backed
the sanctions measure 418-2 in January, but the Senate included
some new provisions, including cybersecurity measures, in the
version of the bill that it passed 96-0 on Wednesday, sending it
back to the House.
The proposed sanctions come after a satellite launch seen by
Washington and its allies as cover for development of ballistic
missile technology that could be used to deliver a nuclear
House Speaker Paul Ryan said the House would consider the
amended version of the bill this week, and aides said the vote
would likely take place on Friday morning.
"We have moved one step closer to a new round of North Korea
sanctions," Ryan told reporters in his weekly news conference.
Obama is not expected to veto the bill, given its huge support
Ben Rhodes, his deputy national security adviser, said the White
House would review the measure but does not oppose Congress'
"I think this is an area where we and Congress are in the same
space and agree on the need for increased sanctions," Rhodes
told an event at the Center for American Progress on Thursday.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, David Brunnstrom, Susan
Cornwell and Susan Heavey; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Lisa
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