Trump repeals restrictions, US military will be able to use anti-personnel mines



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Trump repeals restrictions, US military will be able to use anti-personnel mines



US President Donald Trump has lifted restrictions imposed on the US military in 2014 related to the use of anti-personnel mines, destructive to the civilian population.

“The new policy will allow the military command to use advanced anti-personnel mines specifically designed to reduce the wounding of civilians and partner forces in extraordinary circumstances,” the White House said in a statement.



Obama has partially joined the anti-personnel landmine agreement

Trump has thus overturned the decision of his predecessor, Barack Obama, to partially join the anti-personnel landmine agreement, ratified by 164 countries.

It prohibits the use, storage, production and transfer of anti-personnel landmines that are dug into the ground and explode when landed on them.

The United States did not sign the convention, but since 1991 they have only used it in Afghanistan.

Obama has banned the use of anti-personnel mines except in the Korean peninsula, where the US military reserves the right to place them.

The Secretary of Defense supports Trump

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday welcomed Trump's decision.

“Anti-personnel mines are an important tool that our forces must have at their disposal to ensure the success of their mission,” he said.

“With mines equipped with new technologies, I think you have made sure that we have carefully considered how they will be used and what will become of them after the conflict, which is a common question,” Esper added.

New advanced mines that the US military will now be able to use should self-destruct if they are not activated within the specified deadline.

Warring parties regularly leave anti-personnel landmines after leaving the battlefield, so they continue to kill and wound themselves after the conflict.

Trump repeals restrictions, US military will be able to use anti-personnel mines

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