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UN adopts pact to regulate multibillion-dollar global arms trade

UN adopts pact to regulate multibillion-dollar global arms trade

The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the first U.N. treaty Tuesday regulating the multibillion-dollar international arms trade.

The resolution adopting the landmark treaty was approved by a vote of 154 to 3 with 23 abstentions.

The 193-member world body voted after Iran, North Korea and Syria blocked its adoption by consensus at a negotiating conference last Thursday. The three countries voted "no" on the resolution.

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