The United Nations Passes Arms Treaty

The United Nations Passes Arms Treaty

Cheers filled the United Nations

assembly chamber as the votes were tallied for the first-ever treaty to

regulate the global trade in conventional weapons, which include tanks,

helicopters, and guns.

The United Nations Passes Arms Treaty

treaty passed in a landslide vote, with only Syria, Iran, and North Korea

voting against it and 23 countries abstaining. Also criticizing the treaty was

the National Rifle Association, which is threatening to block ratification in

the Senate.

The

treaty would bring more transparency to global arms sales and require states

selling weapons to vet countries for human-rights abuses, terrorism, and

organized crime

The

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