President Obama Pledges $90M to Clear 80M Bombs In Laos
The U.S. dropped the bombs over a nine-year period during the Vietnam War.By Lauren Stephenson | September 6, 2016
"The United States dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs here in Laos. More than we dropped on Germany and Japan combined during all of World War II," President Obama said during a speech Tuesday.
President Obama made history Monday when he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Laos. And more importantly, on Tuesday, he announced the United States will double the funding it provides to the Southeast Asian country to clear unexploded bombs.
The U.S. dropped the bombs in a nine-year secret mission during the Vietnam War. Over 40 years after the mission ended, an estimated 80 million unexploded bombs remain.