LA Times: ‘Landmines in South Korea are a Threat to Civilians’

In this recent article in the Los Angeles Times, John M. Glionna shows how landmines continue to have a significant humanitarian impact on South Korea, calling into question the US and Korean argument that the DMZ minefields meet ethical standards of proportionality and discrimination. US defense policymakers often claim the Korean DMZ as an excuse for not joining the landmine ban (an excuse refuted comprehensively here). However, this article shows that one cannot only see the DMZ minefields through a military lens — a humanitarian one is also crucial.

For more information on the impact of landmines in South Korea, click here.

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~ by Matthew Bolton on 6 January 2010.

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