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U.S. bans use of anti-personnel land mines with exception of Korean Peninsula Updated: 2022-06-22 10:21:46 KST

Washington had decided to ban the use of anti-personnel land mines in its military in conflicts around the world, with the exception of the Korean Peninsula.
The White House said in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. is joining the vast majority of countries around the world in limiting the use of the devices that are buried underground or scattered on the surface.
It further explained that they have a "disproportionate impact on civilians long after combat has ended."
The move follows years of criticism by human rights groups that claim the U.S. has refused to adopt an international treaty banning the use of such deadly explosives.
The move is reversal of Trump-era policy from 2020, which allowed the country's military commanders to use landmines in combat.
Currently, the U.S. has a stockpile of three million anti-personnel land mines.
Under the country's new policy, any that aren't needed to protect South Korea will be destroyed.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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