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Unhappy Canada says will negotiate Pacific deal in own interests

OTTAWA - A top Canadian official, responding to U.S. comments that Canada could be sidelined in talks on a 12-nation Pacific trade agreement, said on Thursday that Ottawa would negotiate a deal in its own best interests.

OTTAWA - A top Canadian official, responding to U.S. comments that Canada could be sidelined in talks on a 12-nation Pacific trade agreement, said on Thursday that Ottawa would negotiate a deal in its own best interests.

Canada has so far resisted making a detailed offer at the talks, prompting U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to say time was running out.

"If Secretary Vilsack wants to negotiate through the media, that's up to him," a visibly unhappy Trade Minister Ed Fast told Reuters.

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