US, Russia Agree to Cut Down Nuke Number

Life outside of Michael Jackson memorial service saw the two nations making a preliminary agreement to cut arsenals by as much as one third...

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From Yahoo News:

"MOSCOW – President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a preliminary agreement Monday to reduce the world's two largest nuclear stockpiles by as much as a third, down to the lowest levels of any U.S.-Russia accord, and counter what Obama called "a sense of drift" in the countries' relations.

"We must lead by example, and that's what we are doing here today," Obama declared in a Kremlin hall glittering in gold. "We resolve to reset U.S.-Russian relations so that we can cooperate more effectively in areas of common interest."

The document signed by the two leaders at a Moscow summit, Obama's first in Russia, is meant as a guide for negotiators as the nations work toward a replacement pact for the START arms control agreement that expires in December. The joint understanding also commits the countries to lower longer-range missiles for delivering nuclear bombs to between 500 and 1,100."

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To The Buzz, there's always something...unbelievable about countries reducing their nuclear arsenals by some agreed upon number. Are we reducing the overall number really, or just the number of nukes we let other countries know about?