President Donald Trump has announced he is withdrawing the US from a UN-negotiated global arms treaty, a victory for the National Rifle Association, which had lobbied against the pact.
唐納德•特朗普(Donald Trump)總統宣布，美國將退出由聯合國談判的全球武器條約。此舉代表著美國全國步槍協會(National Rifle Association)的一個勝利，此前該協會遊說反對該條約。
「We』re taking our signature back. The United Nations will get notice that we are formally rejecting this treaty,」 Mr Trump said at a conference for the US gun lobby in Indianapolis on Friday.
He dismissed the Arms Trade Treaty, which was signed by Barack Obama in 2013 but never ratified by Congress, as a means for the UN to exert unfair influence over US citizens.
他對由巴拉克•奧巴馬(Barack Obama)於2013年簽署、但從未得到國會批准的《武器貿易條約》(Arms Trade Treaty)表示不屑，視其為聯合國對美國公民施加不公平影響的手段。
「We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedoms. We will never ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty. I hope you』re happy,」 Mr Trump told the NRA audience.
The NRA has long campaigned for an end to US support for the Arms Trade Treaty, which seeks to regulate the global arms trade and keep arms out of the hands of nefarious actors.
The treaty has about 130 signatories. While about 100 countries have ratified the treaty, more than two dozen — including the US — have signed the treaty but never ratified it.
Mr Trump』s appearance at the NRA conference comes at the US president seeks to shore up support from the organisation and its supporters ahead of the 2020 election.
On stage in Indianapolis, Mr Trump signed a letter to the Senate, which he said would 「discontinue the treaty ratification process and return the now-rejected treaty right back to me in the Oval Office, where I will dispose of it」. He tossed his pen into the crowd afterwards for effect.
A US administration official said the US would officially notify the UN that it was revoking its signature from the treaty within a matter of days.
Seventeen of the world』s 20 biggest arms exporters — including Russia and China — had not signed the Arms Trade Treaty, the official said. For this reason, the official argued, the pact was ineffective.