US Vice President Pence says NAFTA deal possible in several weeks

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This was Pence's first media interaction after USA forces launched precision strikes against Assad regime targets associated with the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Pence's to-do list included smoothing over differences with Mexico, America's southern neighbor, amid unease over Trump's decision to send troops to the border and harsh rhetoric on immigration.

Pence held brief bilateral talks with the leaders of Mexico and Canada on Saturday about the state of play in their NAFTA renegotiations, saying he was "encouraged" by recent progress towards a deal. Pence took Trump's place at the summit so the president could remain in the U.S.to manage the response to the apparent chemical attack by Syria.

Noting that "you're known by the company you keep", Pence said Russian Federation needs to join other nations in opposing the use of chemical weapons in Syria and "live up to the commitments they made".

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In condemning the US-led attack, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad insisted on Saturday that the missile strikes would only strengthen his nation's resolve to keep its fight against Western-backed terror groups and "crush terrorism in every inch of the nation". Pence watched Trump's speech from his hotel suite, joined by aides.

U.S. -Mexican trade has grown rapidly since NAFTA, with the U.S.as Mexico's leading partner in merchandise trade, and Mexico as the third-largest trade partner of the U.S. If Trump were to scrap the deal, experts say that it could cost Mexico more than 950,000 low-skilled jobs and lower its GDP growth by 0.9 percent. He acknowledged that the two have a difference of and said that some issues were "set aside, for a later date".

A new NAFTA could be renegotiated in the next few weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday in Peru, avoiding new political opposition that could emerge during Congressional and Mexican elections later this year.

Richard PenceWhy the Summit of the Americas is better off without Trump US needs to respect Latin American leadership on Venezuela crisis Pence endorses challenger in Texas congressional primary runoff MORE on Friday pledged nearly $16 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans who have fled a deepening economic and political crisis in the country.

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US President Donald Trump has threatened to kill NAFTA if it is not changed to secure better terms for USA workers and companies.

President Donald Trump has long assailed the impact of NAFTA on USA workers and insisted on a new round of negotiations with Canada and Mexico on the deal.

"The United States believes now is the time to do more, much more", he said.

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Russian Federation denies any involvement, saying Britain hasn't provided evidence to support its assertion. It noted that the chemical was of "high purity" with an "almost complete absence" of any impurities.

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