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Obama To Sign Nuclear START Treaty Documents

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will push the New START Treaty another step toward completion Wednesday morning when he signs documents for the nuclear weapons pact in the Oval Office. The treaty, which the Senate ratified after hard lobbying by Obama, is aimed at "resetting" ties with Russia on nuclear arms.

The agreement has already been approved by Russia's parliament and president, and becomes final when both sides exchange the signed papers.

Under the treaty, each country will be allowed 1,550 strategic warheads, down from the current 2,200.

In the afternoon, Obama meets individually with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. Still later, the president and Vice President Joe Biden sit down in the Oval Office with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.