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WORLD : Japanese FSX Deal Uncertain: Bush

<i> From Times wire services </i>

President Bush admitted today that the controversial agreement with Japan for joint production of the FSX fighter plane is still “going back and forth a little.”

Sources said the plan is stalled over nailing down who owns the technology for the project and how much of the plane should be built in the United States.

“What I want to know is that the agreement is clear,” Bush said. “There’s no point in having an unclear agreement. We have a lot at stake here.”

The President also said that the two sides are continuing to talk and that he does not know whether a Friday deadline set by Japan in accordance with the requirements of its fiscal calendar will be met.

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