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US to Withdraw Signature from U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Published on May 02, 2019
US President Donald Trump stated that his administration is withdrawing the U.S. signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, in response to concerns from gun rights activists that it could impinge on Americans' right to bear arms.
US to Withdraw Signature from U.N. Arms Trade Treaty


  • Former US President Barack Obama signed the treaty in 2013 and sent the treaty to the Senate for ratification.
  • The Trump administration has rejected or withdrawn from a number of international agreements signed by his predecessors, including the Iran nuclear deal.

About the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty:

  • The ATT, which has been ratified by more than 100 countries, entered into force in December 2014.
  • It regulates the trade in conventional arms such as small arms, battle tanks, combat aircraft, and warships.
  • It also aims to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion.
  • While the treaty was signed by Barack Obama, it is yet to be ratified by the US.


Q. The administration of which country is withdrawing its signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty?
a. Germany
b. Japan
c. United States
d. France
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