House approves sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea

U.S. House of Representatives passes legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. Trump has opposed the Russian part.

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The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea.

Lawmakers voted 419-3 to approve the bill, according to Fox News.

“The multitude of threats posed to our national security by Iran, Russia, and North Korea cannot be understated," House Speaker Paul Ryan said after the vote. "These bad actors have long sought to undermine the United States and disrupt global stability."

In mid-June, the Senate overwhelmingly passed tough sanctions on Moscow and Tehran, but the text stalled in the House of Representatives due to disagreements with the White House.

The White House had objected to a key section of the bill that would mandate a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempted to ease or end the sanctions against Moscow. Lawmakers from both parties opted to keep the sanctions review due to wariness over the relationship between Trump and Putin, noted Fox News.

According to the bill, Trump is required to send Congress a report explaining why he wants to suspend or terminate a particular set of the sanctions on Russia. Lawmakers would then have 30 days to decide whether to allow the move or reject it.

The North Korea-related sanctions bar ships owned by the country or by countries that refuse to comply with UN resolutions against Pyongyang from operating in American waters or docking at U.S. ports. Goods produced by North Korea's forced labor would be prohibited from entering the United States.

The sanctions package also imposes mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. The measure would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo.

The Senate is expected to act soon on the legislation and the measure could be sent to Trump before Congress breaks for its August recess.

The Revolutionary Guards have blasted the section of the bill that sanctions them, threatening to target U.S. military bases in the Middle East should it pass.