Trump admin. rolls back Obama-era restrictions on U.S. military use of land mines

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, left, and Italian Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini take part in a joint press conference on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

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UPDATED 4:00 PM PT — Friday, January 31, 2020

The Trump administration is rolling back restrictions on the military’s use of land mines. On Thursday, President Trump cancelled the Obama-era policy, which has been banned by more than 100 countries.

The decision reversed a 2014 policy that limited the use of explosive devices to the Korean Peninsula. The new rule will apply to “advanced, non-persistent” landmines that are “specifically designed to reduce unintended harm to civilians and partner forces.”

In this undated photograph released Aug. 19, 2018 by the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) on behalf of the Saudi-funded Masam anti-mine operation, an unidentified de-miner uncovers a mine near Marib, Yemen. (WAM via AP)

During Thursday’s press conference with his Italian counterpart, Defense Secretary Mark Esper called land mines an important tool for military forces.

“Landmines are one of very many other important tools that our commanders need to have available to them on the battlefield to shape the battlefield and to protect our forces,” stated Esper. “At the end the day, we want to make sure that we have all the tools in our toolkit, that are legally available and effective, to ensure our success and to ensure the protection of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.”

He went on to say the administration’s policy is a part of the president’s commitment to ensure “our forces are able to defend against any and all threats.”

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