Senators eye sanctions after North Korea's claimed nuclear test
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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 AyotteBottom Line How Gorsuch's confirmation shapes the next Supreme Court battle THE MEMO: Trump set to notch needed win with Gorsuch MORE said in a statement.

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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 CardinOvernight Defense: Senators go to White House for North Korea briefing | Admiral takes 'hit' for aircraft carrier mixup | Lawmakers urged to beef up US missile defense Senators get North Korea briefing in unusual WH visit Lawmakers talk climate for Earth Day, Science March MORE (D-Md.), ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezTaiwan deserves to participate in United Nations The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race 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 GrahamComey to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee Overnight Defense: US moving missile defense system to South Korea | Dems want justification for Syria strike | Army pick pushes back against critics of LGBT record Graham: There are 'no good choices left' with North Korea 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 CorkerThe Hill's 12:30 Report Senate Foreign Relations chair: Erdogan referendum win 'not something to applaud' Groups warn of rural health 'crisis' under ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he would work with Cardin and Menendez, as well as Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerSenators get North Korea briefing in unusual WH visit A Vandenberg movement in Congress Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups MORE (R-Colo.) to "bring further pressure to bear" on the North Korean government.