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Administration says nuclear deal is close, likely to be signed in Prague

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says the U.S. is close to finalizing a new nuclear arms deal with Russia and will likely sign the new treaty in Prague.

A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because no deal has been announced, confirmed reports Wednesday about the likely location of a treaty signing.

Russia and the United States have been negotiating a new accord to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, which expired in December.

The official said the U.S. wants the signing to take place in Prague because the city is where President Barack Obama delivered a speech on arms control and nuclear nonproliferation last spring.

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