A conference of 109 nations has agreed on a draft treaty to ban current designs of cluster bombs and to destroy stockpiles within eight years.
The United States did not send an envoy to the conference.
They said that the proposed convention would hinder humanitarian activities because its military has such weapons on its inventories.
Stephen Mull, an assistant secretary of state, said: “Any country that signs the convention in effect would make it impossible for the United States or any of our other allies who rely on these weapons to participate in these humanitarian exercises.”
Israel, Pakistan, China and Russia, along with the US, are among the main producers and stockpilers of the weapon. They all oppose any ban.
Um, we can’t provide humanitarian assistance because we couldn’t use cluster bombs? Exactly how is blowing a kid to ribbons with leftover bombs humanitarian?