President Obama Announces US-Russia Agreement On Nuclear Arms Reduction
President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev have agreed to a significant reduction in strategic missiles during a Friday morning phone call.
The treaty, which must still be ratified in the U.S. Senate and in Russia, would replace a 19-year-old pact that called for both countries to draw down their dangerous arsenals of thousands of long-range nuclear weapons.
The treaty calls for both sides to reduce the stockpiles of their most dangerous weapons — those already deployed and ready to launch at long-range targets — by about 30 percent, allowing each side to retain about 1,550 such warheads.
It also limits deployed and non-deployed missile launchers and heavy bombers to 800, and says that each side may only have 700 such equipment already deployed — a cut in half from the limits in the previous treaty.
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