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18 Trade Partners Urge US to Reconsider Tariffs

18 Trade Partners Urge US to Reconsider Tariffs

Created: March 07, 2018 12:20 PM

BRUSSELS (AP) - A trade official says 18 members of the World Trade Organization have expressed concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, with most urging the United States to reconsider.

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China raised the issue at a WTO general counsel meeting Wednesday, and ambassadors and other officials from Australia, Brazil, the European Union, India, Japan, Norway and Russia were among those warning U.S. action would be unjustified and improper.

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo has expressed concerns about a trade war and appealed for cool heads to prevail.

The EU said it was considering "all possible responses" including dispute settlement and rebalancing measures allowed under WTO rules, according to the trade official. He spoke only on condition of anonymity to relay details of the envoys' comments.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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