After eight months of difficult negotiations that seemed to pick up speed before stalling unexpectedly before the end, Russian and U.S. officials reached a deal on an arms treaty to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet this week to finalize the agreement -- one that Obama can claim as a significant foreign-policy accomplishment. Under the terms of the new treaty, each side will cut its stocks of strategic warheads, missile launchers and nuclear-armed missiles.

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