The Mexican government said Monday that weapons used exclusively by the U.S. military are entering Mexico, amid a maelstrom of violence linked to organized crime.

“The Secretary of Defense has warned the United States about weapons entering Mexico and intended exclusively for the US military, and it is very urgent that an investigation be carried out in this regard,” Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena said in a statement press conference. conference, without providing further details.

The Chancellor stated that this was one of the topics that a delegation of Mexican officials discussed with their American counterpart last Friday the 19th in Washington, dealing mainly with the irregular migration.

The government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has filed two lawsuits against U.S. arms manufacturing and distribution companies in federal court in Boston, and another in Tucson, Arizona.

And although the court case has suffered some setbacks, Bárcena assured on Monday afternoon that they had obtained a favorable ruling.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled in favor of Mexico in its lawsuit against gun manufacturers. The matter will return to the first instance for an assessment of the merits of the case,” the chancellor wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

For his part, the United States Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, said at a press conference on Monday that there is a “constant exchangeof information between the two countries, and that as soon as more information about the case is known, it will be announced.

“We are very focused on stopping the flow of weapons as best we can,” he said.

Reducing arms circulation from the United States to Mexico “is a priority for President (Joe) Biden”, the ambassador continued. “We know that 70 percent of the weapons causing violence here in Mexico come from the United States.”

The Mexican government has repeatedly accused arms trafficking from the United States as one of the reasons for the country’s organized crime-related violence.

According to official data, more than half a million weapons are smuggled from the United States to Mexico every year. (JO)