August 17, 2022

US pledges to curtail landmine use, except in standoff with North Korea

Experts say exception for Korean Peninsula in new policy is because landmines vital to maintaining military balance

The U.S. will restrict the use of anti-personnel landmines worldwide, the Biden administration has announced, except for on the Korean Peninsula.

The new policy, publicized last week after more than a year of internal review, is part of White House efforts to bring the U.S. closer to standards outlined in the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention — which the U.S. is not a signatory to.