Advocacy groups here are stepping
up a campaign to pressure President Barack Obama to quickly sign on to a new
United Nations treaty aimed at regulating, for the first time, the international
The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT),
adopted by the U.N. in April following on years of preparation, opens for
country signature on Monday. It passed with just three “no” votes, coming from
Iran, North Korea and Syria, and will require the ratification of 50 countries
to come into effect.
is nothing in this treaty that requires the U.S. to do anything differently,”
Rachel Stohl, a senior associate at the Stimson Center, a think tank here, said
at a panel discussion Friday. “Rather, the issue here is simply the symbolism
of saying that [the U.S.] is committed to this on an international level –
that’s really important.”
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