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NAFTA Talks With Chile Begin Aggressively, U.S. Says: U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor said the negotiations to bring Chile into the North American Free Trade Agreement need not wait for fast-track authority from Congress. "I believe it's quite clear we're moving ahead in an aggressive manner," Kantor told a news conference in Toronto following the opening of talks among Canada, the United States, Mexico and Chile that are expected to last six months. Kantor brushed aside concerns that Congress might not give so called fast-track authority for the talks to make Chile the first South American member of the trade pact. Kantor said the United States has launched trade talks with other countries in the past before receiving the blessing of Congress.

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