Argument: Landmines in the Korean DMZ do not threaten civilians

Issue Report: Mine Ban Treaty (Ottawa Treaty)


“South Korea Extols Some of the Benefits of Land Mines”. New York Times. 3 Sept 1997 – the Clinton Administration is seeking an exception for the Korean Peninsula, so that in areas like this new mines could continue to be laid indefinitely.

The reason the Administration favors the continuing use of mines in Korea is that if the usual image associated with land mines is that of Angolan or Cambodian children without legs, here it is a bit different.

In South Korea, there are countless land mines, but they are in restricted areas that cause few casualties, and many American troops and South Korean civilians alike feel safer because of the minefields.