Iran, N. Korea block UN weapons treaty

Iran and North Korea on Thursday blocked the agreement of the first global treaty on the conventional arms trade and talks were being held to try to save the accord.

North Korea's delegate said the proposed text could be "politically manipulated by major arms exporters," as he objected to the accord.

Iran's UN ambassador Mohammed Khazaee called the proposed accord "discriminatory."

After both countries raised their flags at the final negotiating session to signal their objection, conference president Peter Woolcott of Australia suspended the meeting for behind-the-scenes talks.