Iran, North Korea and Syria Cast Sole Votes Against Treaty
The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade, which is to regulate the $70 billion business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers. 155 nations voted in favor, while Iran, North Korea and Syria cast sole votes against the treaty, while 22 countries did not vote or abstained.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the vote, saying the treaty “will make it more difficult for deadly weapons to be diverted into the illicit market and ... will help to keep warlords, pirates, terrorists, criminals and their like from acquiring deadly arms.” (Reuters, 2 April)
In the U.S., the NRA opposes the treaty and has vowed to fight to prevent its ratification by the U.S. Senate when it reaches Washington. The NRA says the treaty will undermine domestic gun rights, a view the U.S. government has strongly rejected.