US Af­firms Paris Pact Re­treat

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The United States re­asserted on Mon­day that it will quit the land­mark Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change as soon as it is “el­i­gi­ble to do so.”

The US gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion on the Paris ac­cord, a deal reached in 2015 un­der for­mer US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and call­ing on nearly 200 coun­tries to vol­un­tar­ily re­duce green­house gas emis­sions, “re­mains un­changed,” said the State De­part­ment in a state­ment re­leased in the day.

The United States “in­tends to with­draw from the Paris Agree­ment as soon as it is el­i­gi­ble to do so,” un­less terms for en­gage­ment in the ac­cord are “more fa­vor­able” to Amer­i­can peo­ple, the state­ment added.

The re­marks came dur­ing cli­mate talks in Bonn, Ger­many.

Source: Xinhua

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