TUESDAY: U.S. in Political Minefield

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WASHINGTON: The tragic loss of Princess Diana could not have come at a more inappropriate time for the Pentagon. For the death of one of the world's most prominent opponents of land mines has placed it under an inordinate amount of pressure to agree to an international accord banning the use of the weapons.

TIME's Pentagon correspondent Mark Thompson reports that the military is aware of the current emotional climate — but isn't happy with the Oslo accord, and doesn't even think some of its anti-personnel weaponry should be on the table. "It looks like there’s no room for compromise unless Clinton is willing to steamroller the military, which I don’t believe he’s likely to do,” says Thompson.

Among Washington’s objections: they want to keep mines along the Korean border and to be able to nix the accord altogether in time of war. These have been rejected by the other parties at Oslo — which leaves the White House negotiating a particularly tricky political minefield.