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Japan Motegi: Trade deal in August just Trump’s hopes, two sides still narrowing the gap

Japan Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said today that Trump’s comment regarding a trade deal in August just reflects his own hope for quick progress in the negotiations. For now, the two sides are still working on “narrowing the gap”.

Motegi told reporters, “When you look at the exact wording of his comments, you can see that the president was voicing his hopes of swift progress in talks toward something that is mutually beneficial.” He also reiterated the differences between US and Japan, and no timetable had yet be set for more meetings. He noted, “we’ve agreed that we’ll strive to narrow the gap, including through possibly holding working-level talks.”

Trump said on Monday, after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan, that he expected the two countries to be “announcing some things, probably in August, that will be very good for both countries” on trade.

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