U.S., Russia to sign nuclear arms treaty
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have agreed to sign a new treaty that will reduce and limit global stockpiles of nuclear weapons.
The "New START Treaty," a successor to the 1991 Treaty on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, limits each country to 1,550 warheads, including intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
That's a 30 per cent reduction in the number of warheads permitted in an earlier agreement, the Moscow Treaty of 2002.
The new treaty, finally agreed to by Obama and Medvedev in a phone call Friday morning, includes a verification system that includes on-site inspections and data exchanges.