White House: We agree with Congress on NKorea sanctions

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Posted: Feb 11, 2016 4:10 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a North Korea sanctions bill that won Senate approval is consistent with U.S. efforts to increase pressure on North Korea over its development of nuclear weapons.

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says that the administration has a process for reviewing such legislation but does not oppose the bill. A version of the legislation has already passed the House.

Rhodes told a Washington think tank on Thursday that the administration and Congress are "in the same space" and agree on the need for increased sanctions.

Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously the legislation aimed at cutting North Korea's access to hard currency.

In the past month, the North has conducted an underground nuclear explosion and a long-range rocket launch.