- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

LONDON (AP) - The White House says the United States and Russia will announce talks to limit the number on nuclear warheads.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (dih-MEE’-tree med-VYEH’-dyev) will announce negotiations on Wednesday when they meet in London. They would be the first major arms control negotiations since 1997.

Gibbs says the two countries want to reduce that number but the leaders have not settled on a specific goal.

Earlier Wednesday, Obama acknowledged strained relations between the two nations but says the time has come for them to emphasize areas where they can work together. He said the specter of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists “continues to be the greatest threat against humanity.”

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