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Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed at their summit Friday the shared goal of achieving an 80 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and supporting efforts by “the poor and most vulnerable” nations to combat climate change.

In a “joint message on climate change negotiations,” the two leaders agreed that it is “vital that we achieve a successful outcome” at the Dec. 7-18 U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen that had been arranged in a bid to produce a deal on a new framework on fighting global warming.

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