US plans to curb land mines, join global treaty

A land mine is seen on the ground in Afghanistan. (File) (Joe Raedle, Getty Images)
A land mine is seen on the ground in Afghanistan. (File) (Joe Raedle, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/27 4:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Friday that the United States will no longer produce or acquire anti-personnel land mines, and plans to join an international treaty banning their use.

The National Security Council said the U.S. is "diligently pursuing solutions" to join the Ottawa Convention that bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of the mines.

The council said the announcement was made Friday at a conference in Mozambique to review the treaty.

The White House statement does not indicate when the U.S. will join the treaty or specify the size of the U.S. stockpile.

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