Argument: US strong-arms nations by saying cluster bomb ban undermines alliances

Issue Report: Cluster bomb ban


“U.S. Cluster Munitions Policy”. Briefing by Stephen D. Mull, Acting Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs. 21 May 2008 – QUESTION: You said that you respect the choice of every participant in the Oslo process.

AMBASSADOR MULL: Mm-hmm, mm-hmm.

QUESTION: But you also said that if they accept — if they adopt the measures — the measure that are scheduled right now, it would impinge on your ability to operate or cooperate with some of your allies, especially, you mention, your peacekeeping operations. It’s – it seems to me a threat. You are not concerned to be – you maybe consider that threatening the allies, not to accept this?