U.S. to withdraw from int'l arms trade treaty

US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One

US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One

US President Donald Trump also unilaterally withdrew the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a ballistic missile pact with Russian Federation that was meant to limit the possibility of nuclear war in Europe, according to the report by The Washington Post.

National Rifle Association first vice president Richard Childress chairs the NRA Annual Meeting of Members in Indianapolis, on April 27, 2019.

He called the ATT "badly conceived" and said: "The UN will get notice that we are formally rejecting this treaty". And that is why my administration will never ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. Its weapons sales are 58% higher than those of Russian Federation, the world's second largest exporter.

Thornberry's intervention comes after Jeremy Corbyn said he will not attend a state banquet held for the USA president when he visits in June.

LaPierre took the stage shortly after Childress read North's letter, and gave remarks in a prepared speech that did not address the immediate controversy.

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What has the reaction been?

"Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone", Trump said. Trump announced on Friday that the United States is withdrawing from an worldwide arms trade treaty signed by the Obama administration, marking Washington's latest exit from an global pact.

The UK's shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, posted a tweet calling Mr Trump "a disgrace to his office".

"The unregulated arms trade continues to cause major suffering in many parts of the world, fueling conflicts, terrorism and organized crime".

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Advancing his America First policy, he has already withdrawn the U.S. from UNESCO, the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INFT), which bans nuclear-tipped missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km, and the agreement on denuclearising Iran that was made by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and Tehran.

Russian Federation also called for the renewal of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) which limits the number of nuclear warheads the superpowers can deploy. If they do find out the arms will be used for any of these, they need to stop the transfer. In fact, a "voluntary trust fund" will be established to assist those countries that need help from United Nations peacekeepers or other regional forces to disarm their citizens.

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More than 100 countries have ratified the ATT.

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It also claimed that some groups are trying to use the treaty to overturn "sovereign national decisions" on arms exports - pointing to one effort to block the British government's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

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