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U.S. excludes Korean peninsula from pledge to eliminate land mines
U.S. excludes Korean peninsula from pledge to eliminate land mines

The U.S. has pledged to get rid of all stockpiles of land mines except those to defend South Korea, the State Department said Tuesday. The decision to exclude the Korean peninsula follows a commitment the U.S. made in June that it would not make, keep or fortify current stockpiles of anti-personnel land mines. The U.S. is "deeply concerned about the humanitarian effects of anti-personnel land mines," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "As the world's leading donor to humanitarian mine action, we have long worked to mitigate the human costs of their use." Land mines can remain active for years after being buried. Since 1993, Psaki said, the U.S. has...

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