White House says Obama will sign North Korea sanctions bill

Barack Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will sign legislation hitting North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program.

Congress approved the bill on Friday. Until now, the White House had said that Obama wouldn’t oppose the bill, but hadn’t committed to signing it.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Obama will sign the bill into law.

The expanded sanctions from Congress come as the U.S. and China are in delicate negotiations over a U.N. Security Council resolution on new sanctions. China has raised concerns about measures that could devastate North Korea’s economy.

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