>US, Russia agree to new nuclear arms pact

>PRESIDENT Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sealed a new nuclear arms reduction treaty during a phone call Friday, committing the two nations to a significant new reduction of the strategic missiles each side has deployed, San Francisco Chronicle reports quoting US officials.

Flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Obama announced the agreement at the White House, calling it a historic step toward a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama called nuclear weapons “the darkest days of the Cold War, and the most troubling threats of our time.” He hailed the treaty as the start of a new effort to rid the world of that threat.

“With this agreement, the United States and Russia – the two largest nuclear powers in the world – also send a clear signal that we intend to lead,” he said.

After speaking with Medvedev, Obama said he will travel to Prague on April 8 to sign the treaty with the Russian leader, noting that the historic event will come just a week before he hosts a summit in Washington on how to control the spread of nuclear material around the world.

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