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Feb 15, 2013 8:30 PM by AP Posted by Tony Spehar

Congress slams NKorea test, seeks more sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is weighing in on international condemnation of North Korea's nuclear test, and Republicans are calling on the Obama administration to revamp its policy and take a tougher stance against Pyongyang.

The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution Friday by a 412-to-2 vote, calling for the U.S. to work with other countries to impose additional sanctions on North Korea. It also urged China to pressure the North to curtail its nuclear and missile programs and prevent the transshipment of technology that could be used for those programs through Chinese territory.

Rep. Steve Chabot, who chairs a House subcommittee on Asia, took aim at President Barack Obama's policies of quote, "ineffective sanctions and empty threats." The Ohio Republican said that North Korea is now essentially a nuclear power.

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