Biden restricts landmine use in reversal of the prior policy

United States President Joe Biden has set new rules for the military’s use of anti-personnel landmines, reversing a move by former President Donald Trump that allowed the weapons to be used anywhere in the world.

The White House on Tuesday said the US would closer align with key criteria of the 1997 Ottawa Convention, “the international treaty prohibiting the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of anti-personnel landmines”.

The move, which returns US rules on landmines to those in place prior to Trump, reflects Biden’s belief that landmines “have a disproportionate impact on civilians, including children, long after fighting has stopped”, the White House said in a statement.

It also makes good on Biden’s campaign promise to reverse Trump’s policy, which he had previously called “reckless” and “unnecessary”.

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