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John Bolton: UN Arms Treaty Isn't Viable, Despite Kerry Push

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 05:58 PM

The United Nations Arms Treaty should and will be ignored by Congress, Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton says.

"Fifty-three senators have already signed a letter saying they're not going to vote in favor of this treaty," Bolton told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Since the treaty requires two-thirds of those present in voting, it's obvious it's nowhere close to getting that supermajority. And it was a bipartisan group of senators who took that position."

On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. will sign on to the treaty over the objections of many lawmakers who believe it goes against the nation's Second Amendment, which guarantees the right the bear arms.

The U.S. "welcomes" the next step in the treaty's ratification, Kerry said.

"This is an example of Secretary Kerry's ideology, the administration's ideology, and they just want to put a marker down internationally," Bolton responded.

"Congress will ignore this as they should and will proceed as if it hadn't happened.''

Bolton said he believes the Obama Administration may be "reliant on a theory . . . that says when you sign a treaty, you can't take any actions which defeat the purpose of the treaty.

"Some people think the administration will now try to resort to executive orders and given the propensity this administration to do that, it's out there."

But Bolton said he is sure it is clear both houses in Congress would act to overturn any such executive orders.

"So a lot of this is political symbolism. If it turns out to be something more, then there's going to be a huge political fight," Bolton said.

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