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Trump to pull out of treaty on weapons.

President Donald Trump is withdrawing the US from the international Arms Trade Treaty.

The agreement, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2013, aims to regulate the sale of weapons between countries.

But the National Rifle Association of America says the treaty amounts to international gun control and is a threat to the right to bear arms in the US.

Speaking at the group's annual meeting, Trump said he would ask the US senate not to ratify the pact.

He said: "We're taking our signature back. We'll never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your freedoms."

The US is by far the world's top weapons exporter.

The White House said the treaty "fails to truly address the problem of irresponsible arms transfers" because other big exporters such as Russia and China have not signed up to it.

The United Nations said it had no prior warning of Trump's announcement, which was condemned by human rights groups.



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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 28, 2019
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