Landmark Arms Treaty Signed by 60+ Nations

global_arms_trade_treatyU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States would sign the landmark global arms treaty later this year.  When he made the announcement it was particularly significant because the United States is the world’s largest arms dealer, and more than 60 other countries have already signed the treaty that regulates the multibillion-dollar global arms trade.

The treaty is designed to mitigate trading and trafficking of weapons that are said to fuel extremism and global conflicts. he first major international campaign to stem the illicit trade in weapons that fuel conflicts and extremists.  While the United Nations agreement will take effect once it is ratified by more than 50 countries, the actual strength of the treaty will depend largely on two factors: which countries ratify the agreement and how the treaty is implemented — especially given that it was noted North Korea, Syria and Iran voted against the treaty.

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