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U.S. declares it will not produce any more antipersonnel land mines

 the conclusion of a conference in Maputo, Mozambique, to review the Mine Ban Treaty, also known as the Ottawa Convention, the U.S. delegation said the ban on production or acquisition of the antipersonnel land mines, or APLs, will also prevent the United States from replacing existing stockpiles as they expire.

"Our delegation in Maputo made clear that we are diligently pursuing solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow the United States to accede to the Ottawa Convention — the treaty banning the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of APL," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

The administration is studying how to reduce the risks of forgoing land mines, and "other aspects of our landmine policy remain under consideration," she said.

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