Nations line up to sign UN arms trade treaty

June 3, 2013 20:19

UNITED NATIONS - Delegates from dozens of countries gathered in New York on Monday to sign the first treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade, but the United States was not among them.

On April 2, the 193-nation UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the UN Arms Trade Treaty that aims to keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers and criminals.

Iran, Syria and North Korea cast the sole votes against the treaty at the time. The same three states had prevented a treaty-drafting conference at the UN. headquarters in March from reaching the required consensus to adopt the pact.

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