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US plans to curb land mines, join global treaty

President Barack Obama speaks at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON: The White House says 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 says that 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 says that 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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