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US Senate Approves Sanctions Bill On Russia, Iran, North Korea; Ball Is In Trump's Court

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| July 28 , 2017 , 08:49 IST

Two days after a bill that will slap tougher sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea was approved by the US House of Representatives, the bill was passed by an overwhelming majority in the US Senate. The bill will now be passed directly to the White House to US President Donald Trump for him to sign the bill into a law or veto the bill.

The sanctions bill approved by the US Senate with a vote of 98 to 2 will also grant the US Congress the power to block US President Donald Trump from unilaterally lifting sanctions on Russia, reports said.

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Since the signing the bill will mean that the 'flexibility' of the White House would be reduced, it is unclear whether President Trump will veto the bill or sign it into law.

Despite the Trump administration officials calling on lawmakers to grant more 'flexibility' to the White House in dealing with Russia, the bill was passed by both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate including the power to stop the President from lifting sanctions off Russia independently.

Speaking before the vote in Senate on Thursday, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said while the Trump administration "supports sanctions" against Russia, Iran and North Korea, the White House would make a decision after seeing the contents of the final bill.