Cambodia PM orders destruction of US weapons after arms ban

Cambodia PM orders destruction of US weapons after arms ban

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the nation’s military to destroy all of its American weapons or dump them in warehouses after the US imposed an arms ban on the East Asian country over its close ties with China and alleged human rights issues.

“I order all army units to immediately review arms and military items that Cambodia currently has. (We) must recall all US arms and military items if there are any — put them in warehouses or destroy them accordingly,” Hun Sen declared Friday in a Facebook post.

“(The US arms embargo) is a warning message to the next generation of Cambodians who lead the government that if they want an independent defense sector, please don’t use US weapons,” he emphasized.

Downplaying the quality of US-made armaments and military hardware, the Cambodian prime minister also insisted that “a lot of those who use US arms lost wars,”…

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