U.S. Catholic bishops joined critics of President Clinton’s decision to allow the U.S. military to continue limited use of land mines.
Clinton made the exception last week while calling for a worldwide ban on the weapons.
“While we welcome the Clinton administration’s renewed commitment to seek a global ban on these indiscriminate and deadly weapons, we are deeply disappointed at the limited steps proposed to bring this about,” the bishops said in a statement Monday.
Clinton decided to allow the military to continue using land mines in confrontation areas such as the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea while seeking a permanent worldwide ban on the weapons.
The president ordered the Pentagon immediately to stop using mines that don’t disarm or destroy themselves after a predetermined period, with two important exceptions: troop training and deployment on the Korean peninsula.