Donald Trump supports sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea: White House

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House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement late Wednesday to get the sanctions legislation against Iran, Russia and North Korea through the Senate without further amendment, avoiding a potential clash with the House.

The current sanctions were put into place by the Obama administration in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2015, its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, and its interference in the 2016 USA election.

Eager to punish Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 election, Congress on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress.

The bill's supporters say that includes the election interference described by the American intelligence community - but still sometimes questioned by Trump - as well as Russia's annexation of Crimea and sponsorship of warfare in Eastern Ukraine.

After reaching a deal to proceed with bipartisan legislation on sanctions against Russian Federation, in response to the foreign adversary's interference in our election, the House of Representatives passed the bill Tuesday with overwhelming support, 419 to 3.

Despite the bipartisan support, the bill, if it clears the Senate, will require the signature of Donald Trump.

"It's a great pity that Russian-US relations are being sacrificed to resolve questions of domestic politics", Putin said, specifying that "in this case, it is the battle between President Trump and his political opponents".

"It's critical the Senate act promptly on this legislation", Schumer said, calling for passage before lawmakers leave for summer recess.

"It's not just a Russian Federation sanctions bill -it's North Korea, it's Iran".

Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) said the adjustment would allow Congress to accelerate the time frame in which the bill is sent to the White House for a signature.

If Trump rejects the bill, his veto could be overridden by Congress if there is enough support for the legislation.

The bill would also impose sanctions on North Korea and Iran for their respective weapons programs.

He wanted to keep the North Korea penalties in a separate bill that the Senate would consider.

Earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the administration is supportive of the bill. The measure now goes to the Senate amid mixed signals from the White House about whether Trump will sign it.