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Obama Hails New Start for U.S. and Russia

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Posted on Apr 8, 2010
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President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, met in Prague on Thursday to sign the New START Treaty, effectively replacing the now-expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 1991. Obama said the new measure was “an important milestone for nuclear security and non-proliferation” that would pave the way for more progress down the line.  —KA

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Under the pact, each side is allowed a maximum of 1,550 warheads, about 30% lower than the 2002 Moscow Treaty.

It also limits the number of deployed delivery vehicles - ballistic missiles and heavy bombers - to no more than 700. However, each bomber counts as one warhead irrespective of the fact that it might carry multiple bombs or missiles.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, President Obama said the treaty demonstrated that both countries had halted the deterioration of their relations, which had prevented agreement on mutually important issues in the past.

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By Steve E, April 9, 2010 at 3:43 am Link to this comment

Just a dog and pony show performed by our own Corporate Clown and residing
Military Complex Water Boy. Have at it Barry now that you have Iran in your
crosshairs. Oh yeah, you are just waiting for that call from Tel Aviv.

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By Tinkie, April 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm Link to this comment

“each side is allowed a maximum of 1,550 warheads”..

Wow, that’s a relief!

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By gerard, April 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment

I’ve been to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  I’ve talked to victims and people who have taken care of victims.  I’m not so cavalier as rollzone.
  People’s bodies burned into shadows on cement; nothing else left.  Children half-burned alive while on their way to school.  Beautiful girls, faces torn to shreds, permanently defaced.  People living for years afterward, in pain and suffering humiliation, and radiation sickness, needing constant care. 
  It is all far too awful, and once you’ve been near it, you are grateful for any agreements at all to get rid of this hell on earth.  Not that Obama has done enough, but nobody has done anything for decades.  This agreement is better than nothing and promises more. When the Republicans pounce on this as
endangering our “security,” speak up while you still can!

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By rollzone, April 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment

hello. i have never understood why this issue is played like a political game. both sides could no loopholes drop to verifiable minimums overnight if it was not a game. the USSR was terminated, but now surprisingly Russia takes stage like the inbred cousin. it all seems too phony. let ‘em fly, and we will see whose work, and whose do not. bye bye, Anastasiya, i will miss you.

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