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US and Russia have agreed on a new nuclear arms treaty about three months after the expiration of the 1991 start agreement.
Correspondent Dana Lewis reports from Moscow on what is in this new deal.
After almost a year of frustrating it Buffy talks a new start.
A strategic nuclear arms control agreement between America and Russia is ready for -- President Obama is relieved it's done because without that how -- America tell other nations like -- role on the need for nuclear weaponry is diminishing.
We intend to lead.
By upholding our own commitments under the nuclear nonproliferation treaty.
We strengthen our global efforts to stop the spread of these weapons and to ensure that other nations meet their own responsibilities.
The ten year long deal to replace the old treaty which expired in December.
-- slash current nuclear warheads by 13.
We do not need such large arsenals to protect our nation and our allies against the two greatest dangers we face today.
Nuclear warheads now numbering more than 2200 on each side.
Will be cut to 1550.
Each deployed launch vehicles will be reduced by over half to 700.
But America will retain the right to deploy those nuclear warheads on its Triad of bombers submarines and missiles as accuses.
Why was the agreement delayed for months.
Kremlin sources say Russian president -- -- have been prime minister Putin's.
Were insistent the preamble draw a link between defensive missile systems the missile shield the US is building in Eastern Europe.
And defensive nuclear weapons.
Today in Moscow Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that linkage that has been confirmed legally in the treaty.
But knowing it may not play well in the US senate which must approve the treaty the White House sought to clarify.
So I think when you see the treaty and the protocol.
There are no constraints on missile defense.
-- the -- presidents President Obama and president Medvedev spoke by telephone today to congratulate each other on the new treaty they have set a signing date.
April the eighth in -- the Czech Republic I can tell you some of the arms experts that we've talked to today.
Say the president's -- been more ambitious they want a new round of talks a new agreement.
That will further decrease the number of warheads down to a ceiling of about 1000.
And read this time they want them.
America and Russia to talk about tactical nukes -- the small battlefield nukes Russia's got thousands of them they're not included in this agreement America's got another.
500 or so 200 of them and still in Nadal bunkers in Europe Factiva.
Dana -- not tonight in Moscow --
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