United States and Russia Reach Nuclear Arms Deal

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United States and Russia Reach Nuclear Arms Deal


President and Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) on April 8, described by the British Times as "the first concrete foreign policy achievement by Mr. Obama since he took office."

"Today is an important milestone for nuclear security and non-proliferation, and for U.S.-Russia relations" said Obama, speaking inside Prague Castle in the capital of the Czech Republic.

The 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed by the United States and the old Soviet Union reduced both sides' nuclear arsenals from tens of thousands of warheads to about 6,000.

Voice of America noted: "During his visit to Moscow last July, President Obama said the United States and Russia must lead by example to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation. He later reported progress toward that goal, even though the old START treaty had expired."

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Such a plan opens the door for a new international power. U.S. leaders going back as far as President John Kennedy have proposed that the world's nuclear weapons be placed under the control of the United Nations.

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