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The Pentagon will continue to use anti-personnel mines


Today, the United States is not ready to completely abandon the use of anti-personnel mines. This statement was made by the representative of the Pentagon Mike Howard.

We will remind that earlier US President Joe Biden expressed his intentions to reconsider the abolition of the use of anti-personnel mines. Howard explained that their military forces cannot now abandon their use, as anti-personnel mines are "a vital tool in combat."

(…) The military cannot abandon the use of mines when faced with growing and overwhelming enemy forces in the early stages of hostilities. - Says a spokesman for the Pentagon.

Recall that during the Obama presidency, a ban was imposed on the use of antipersonnel mines by the US armed forces everywhere, with the exception of the Korean Peninsula. In January 2020, Obama's decree was overturned by President Trump, which again allowed the US military to use anti-personnel mines anywhere in the world where US troops are stationed.

Washington said that after the ban is lifted, they are going to use only mines equipped with a self-destructive or self-destructive mechanism. The press service of the US Department of Defense said that the military should use antipersonnel mines that are capable of self-destructing 30 days or less after installation, regardless of the method in which they were installed. In addition, they must support an additional self-neutralization function.

The current US President Joe Biden promised voters during the election campaign that he would repeal Trump's decree and again ban the use of anti-personnel mines everywhere except the Korean Peninsula, but he either changed his mind or forgot about his promise.

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