Senators eye sanctions after North Korea's claimed nuclear test

Greg Nash

Senators from both parties are pushing for stronger sanctions against North Korea after the country said it detonated a hydrogen bomb.

"The administration should impose the toughest and broadest possible sanctions against North Korea and those who aid the regime's illicit activities," Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteFive takeaways from New Hampshire Senate debate Embattled GOP senator fires back at Warren The Trail 2016: Wikissues MORE said in a statement.

The New Hampshire Republican, who has made national security a central part of her reelection campaign, added that the United States must strengthen its missile defense and intelligence sharing with South Korea and Japan.

North Korea announced on Wednesday morning that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. The White House has disputed that claim, but if true, it would be a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and an advancement of the country's nuclear capabilities.

Ayotte, who blamed the test on President Obama's foreign policy, is the latest lawmaker to call for tougher sanctions against the isolated Asian country.

Sen. Ben CardinBen CardinSanders, Dem senators press Obama to halt ND pipeline Dems to McConnell: Pass 'clean' extension of Iran sanctions Top Foreign Relations Dem: US needs to 'revisit' approach to Russia MORE (D-Md.), ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezWarren, Menendez question shakeup at Wells Fargo Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal Dem senator: Louisiana Republican 'found Jesus' on flood funding MORE (D-N.J.) called on Congress to pass new sanctions legislation in the wake of the test.

Menendez introduced legislation last year with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamVulnerable GOP senator questions opponent's American heritage Trump on primary rivals who don't back him: 'I don't know how they live with themselves' The Trail 2016: Who is really winning? MORE (R-S.C.) pushing the administration for tougher sanctions against North Korea and its supporters.

Cardin and Menendez both said, separately, that the Security Council should impose its own penalties on North Korea.

"Moreover, given North Korea’s actions, the United States and our allies must also take additional steps to combine effective sanctions with appropriate countermeasures," Cardin added.

Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerPublic lands aren't just majestic; they add billions to the economy Global climate pact may bump into Senate roadblock GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election MORE (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he would work with Cardin and Menendez, as well as Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerGOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Administration vows 'proportional' response to Russian hack Trump denies Russia behind attack, despite fed investigation saying otherwise MORE (R-Colo.) to "bring further pressure to bear" on the North Korean government.