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NEW YORK (Kyodo) U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Tuesday praised Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama for pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels at the U.N. summit earlier in the day.

In a 30-minute talk on the sidelines of the summit in New York, Ban told Hatoyama the 25 percent reduction is largely the result of the prime minister’s leadership and that U.N. members received the pledge very favorably, Foreign Ministry officials said.

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