Bloomberg quotes an official of the US National Security Council, Laura Lucas, as saying that the Administration is carefully analyzing the text of the treaty to decide if the US should sign it.
Ratification of the treaty by the US is a long-term strategy, one that could take 10 to 15 years, an Amnesty International human rights organization official, Adotei Akwei, has told the agency.
Bloomberg points out that the US is currently prepared to symbolically approve the ATT treaty, confirming that Washington has been acting in adherence with the greater part of treaty provisions by exporting small arms, rocket launchers, tanks, ships and strike helicopters.
The ATT treaty signing ceremony is scheduled to begin on Monday at 10:30 local time, or 18:30 Moscow time. The treaty will come into force if ratified by 50 UN member-states.
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