Washington (AP) - President Barack Obama pushed a key foreign policy goal a step closer to completion Wednesday with the signing of documents for a nuclear arms treaty with
The treaty is a cornerstone of Obama's efforts to "reset"
The New START treaty, negotiated last year, limits each side to 1,550 strategic warheads, down from 2,200. The pact also re-establishes a monitoring system that ended in December 2009 with the expiration of an earlier arms deal.
Although Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other administration officials had argued strongly and repeatedly that the treaty was a key foreign policy goal of the president's, he signed the documents in the Oval Office in the presence of news photographers only.
Obama also did not issue a statement afterward.
He was joined by Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., the committee's top Republican, among others.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed similar documents last week after the treaty cleared
Ratification becomes final when the