The United States will get more power to help foreign governments fight poverty and other problems, including through the United Nations, under a bill President Barack Obama signed Friday.
The White House said the legislation gives the U.N. agency that oversees aid to impose restrictions on aid that could prevent foreign governments from receiving funds that would benefit their own people.
The legislation was passed in a House vote.
The new legislation comes a week after President Donald Trump threatened to veto the UN General Assembly’s adoption of a resolution that called for sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Trump has been frustrated with the U-N’s work and has repeatedly warned the international body not to be swayed by political pressures from Washington.
The United States has had a hand in more than $100 billion in foreign aid, which was not included in the final version of the bill.
The legislation includes provisions that will give the U.”s ambassadors at the United States mission to the United Nation to impose sanctions on North Korea and to give the United State the authority to impose such sanctions on any other country deemed by the U”s ambassador to the U.-N to be a member of the commission or agency that is in charge of providing assistance to the commission, and to impose measures in response to any violations by such a member, or to impose additional sanctions against such a state or any entity it may designate.
The Secretary of State shall designate such a foreign entity as a designated state, if necessary, or the Secretary of Defense shall designate the United Kingdom as a member if necessary.
The bill also gives the Secretary General of the U .
N. a greater role in the organization of foreign aid.
The measure also calls for the United states to suspend funding to countries where North Korea is accused of human rights abuses.
The president signed the bill Friday after his administration met with diplomats from China, Russia and the European Union.
The State Department said the U’s aid is used for more than a dozen purposes.
“We have a lot of friends in South Korea and Japan and others in the region,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a White House news briefing.
“It is important to continue to do so.”
China and Russia have both been accused by human rights groups of human-rights abuses.
China has been accused of withholding food aid for people in North Korea.
Russia, which is North Korea’s main ally, has also been accused in the past of withholding aid.
Psaki also said that the U., under President Trump, will continue to work with allies to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons.
“This will be a part of our broader effort to work to prevent the development of nuclear weapons,” she said.
“So we will continue working with other countries and with other partners to address this issue.”
Trump has expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the United nations efforts to stop North Korea developing nuclear and missile programs, saying he does not believe the United nation is being used effectively.
He also criticized the United Arab Emirates for backing the U nations nuclear program, and said China is doing more than any other nation to prevent it.
China and the UAE are among the world’s top donors to the UN.