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Three nations block UN arms treaty

UNITED NATIONS — Iran, North Korea, and Syria blocked adoption Thursday of a UN treaty that would regulate the multibillion-dollar international arms trade that required the agreement of all 193 of the United Nations’ member states.

In an unexpected twist, the Mexican delegation proposed that the conference go ahead and adopt the treaty without the support of the three countries, saying there was no definition of consensus.

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Delegates then started debating that, with the Russian delegation calling Mexico’s proposal a manipulation of consensus.

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