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Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton after agreeing a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton after agreeing a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton after agreeing a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia

The US and Russia yesterday agreed to cut their nuclear arsenals by almost a third in the first major arms accord in a generation.

The new treaty would further shrink the massive stockpiles the United States and Russia amassed during the Cold War.

It would limit both sides to 1,550 warheads — about 30% fewer than are currently allowed.

Although the agreement must still be ratified by the Senate and the Russian Duma before it takes effect, presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev plan to sign it next month in Prague — the city where last April, Mr Obama delivered his signature speech on arms control committing America to the ultimate goal of “a world without nuclear weapons”.

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