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Japan, US eye cabinet-level talks this month; not so fast, says Australia

TOKYO -- Some of the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership are looking at the possibility of holding another round of ministerial talks on the free trade pact at the end of this month, but the necessary consensus seems to be lacking.

     "We are committed to completing the negotiations," Caroline Atkinson, U.S. President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser for international economics, said Wednesday. "We expect that will happen in the next several weeks."

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