US is only country to oppose UN arms trade treaty

America is the only country to have voted against a proposed United Nations treaty aimed at controlling international arms sales.

The treaty has been hailed by gun-control advocates but opposed by gun rights groups.

The proposed treaty, which human rights groups have promoted as a significant move towards keeping small arms out of conflict zones, was endorsed by 15 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, including the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, the South African archbishop.

The measure, aimed at closing loopholes in existing arms trade treaties, would investigate ways to impose standards on the import, export and transfer of weapons.

The resolution was adopted with 139 countries voting in favour of the motion, 24 abstentions and only one “no” vote.