The United States will limit the use of anti-personnel mines

The United States will limit the use of anti-personnel mines

US to limit use of anti-personnel mines< /p>   US to Limit Use of Anti-Personnel Mines

Washington's announcement comes amid reports of Russian use of such mines in combat in Ukraine

President Joe Biden's administration has announced it will limit the use of anti-personnel mines by the US military, bringing policy closer Washington with an international treaty to ban these deadly explosive devices.

The announcement marked a rejection of the less stringent policies of previous President Donald Trump and was made after more than a year of analysis.

Anti-personnel mines are buried or scattered on the ground and can pose a deadly threat to civilians long after end of hostilities.

Under the new policy, the US will limit the use of such mines to efforts to help South Korea defend against a potential North Korean invasion.

Thus, the United States will not fully comply with the requirements of the Ottawa Convention – the 1997 treaty on the elimination of anti-personnel mines.

The announcement came against the background of the use of such mines by Russia during its invasion of Ukraine.

“The world has once again witnessed the devastating effects that anti-personnel mines can have in the context of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked war in Ukraine, where Russia’s use of these and other munitions has caused great damage to the civilian population and civilian objects,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson. .

The United States has an arsenal of 3 million anti-personnel mines. Under the new policy, mines not needed to defend South Korea will be destroyed. The Pentagon has not yet answered the question of whether any mines will be decommissioned.

Russia, like the United States, is not a party to the convention, and Human Rights Watch said it documented Moscow's use of mines during the invasion to Ukraine.

Ambassador of Colombia to the UN agencies in Geneva, Alicia Arango Olmos, who leads a global campaign against the use of anti-personnel mines, called on Russia to stop their use.

“Anti-personnel mines only cause casualties they don't solve any problems,” she said in April.

Her office welcomed the US announcement.

“We welcome this timely decision and thank the United States for being committed to the principles of [Ottawa] convention,” her office tweeted.