On August 1, 2010, the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) officially went into effect as binding international law. The CCM bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster bombs or similar weapons that break apart into large numbers of smaller, self-contained explosives. The CCM was officially opened for signature in December 2008, and thus far has been ratified by 59 states with an additional 50 signatories that have not yet ratified the treaty. The US is not a current signatory to the treaty, having argued that the ban would impede humanitarian efforts by discouraging international cooperation.
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