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UPDATE: Obama, Medvedev sign treaty to cut nuclear arms

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PRAGUE (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have signed a milestone treaty to cut both countries' warhead arsenals by nearly a third.

The pact between the two former Cold War foes would shrink those arsenals to 1,550 warheads over seven years. That's about about a third less than the 2,200 currently permitted.

President Obama says a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia is an important milestone for nuclear security and U.S.-Russia relations.

He also says it's just one step on a longer journey, setting the stage for further cuts in the countries' nuclear arsenals.

Obama says a new arms pact with Russia sets the stage for further cuts in the two nations' nuclear arsenals. He 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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