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U.S. and Russia agreed on new Arms Control agreement
U.S. President Barack Obama announced that after a year
of intense negotiations, the United States and Russia have
to the most comprehensive arms control agreement in nearly
two decades. Pending Senate approval, the New Strategic Arms Reduction
Treaty, known as New START, replaces a predecessor agreement
that expired in December, and would represent the achievement
of an arms reduction goal that has figured as a centerpiece of
President Barack Obama’s national security agenda.
Under the treaty, which requires Senate approval before ratification, the United States and Russia would be limited to significantly fewer strategic arms within seven years from the date the treaty enters into force. The parameters were based on a Defense Department analysis in support of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, which Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said is due out in coming weeks.
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