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Mar 15, 2013 5:28 PM by Patricia Collier

US says it's committed to strong Arms Trade Treaty

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is committed to reaching agreement on a strong U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade during a two-week conference starting Monday.
Hopes of reaching agreement on a treaty were dashed last July when the United States said it needed more time to consider the proposed accord - then Russia and China also asked for a delay.
Kerry said in a statement Friday that the United States looks forward to working with its international partners to reach consensus on an Arms Trade Treaty "that helps address the adverse effects of the international arms trade on global peace and stability."
He said the U.S. will not be party to any treaty that interferes with U.S. laws on bearing arms.

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