28 Jun '14, 7pm
U.S. Pledges No New Land Mines, But Existing Devices Remain a Threat: The United States... #UnitedStates #Military
The United States government doesn't want to destroy its land mines just yet, and the reason comes down to this: Mines can be useful. On Friday, during a conference in Maputo, Mozambique, U.S. officials announced that the country's military will no longer acquire anti-personnel mines. It will also take steps to join a 1997 international treaty banning the devices. See also: More Than 50 Million Refugees Worldwide, Half of Them Children Historically, the U.S. has at times appeared reluctant to become one of the treaty's 161 adherents . Other countries that have not ratified the document include North Korea, Iran and Russia. Image: International Campaign to Ban Landmines International Campaign to Ban Landmines Warring military factions often lay land mines across fields to deter their enemies. Those mines sometimes remain in place long after conflicts are over, often explodi...