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Obama says nuclear treaty sets the stage for further cuts

PRAGUE (AP) - President Barack Obama says a new arms pact with Russia sets the stage for further cuts in the two nations' nuclear arsenals.

Obama says he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev also have agreed to expand discussions on missile defense, and will aim for a dialogue on cooperation in that area.

The treaty was signed by the two leaders in Prague. The treaty, which has been dubbed "New START," will reduce the nuclear warheads of the two countries to 1,550 each over the next seven years. That's a drop of about one-third.

The treaty must be ratified by the U.S. Senate and the Russian legislature. Obama called the spread of nuclear weapons to more states an unacceptable risk to global security that could raise the specter of arms races from the Middle East to East Asia.

 

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