US Tariffs "Unjustified", UK PM Theresa May Tells Donald Trump

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US Tariffs "Unjustified", UK PM Theresa May Tells Donald Trump

The move comes one day after Mexico's Economy Ministry said it will start proceedings against the the World Trade Organization, where it's seeking a dispute settlement over the USA tariffs on Mexican products - 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum - formally took effect last Friday.

The US officials conveyed President Donald Trump's clear goal for achieving a fair-trading relationship with China, it said, adding that the delegations will now report back to receive guidance on the path forward.

A man works in a steel distribution factory in Monterrey in northern Mexico last week, when the US tariffs on steel and aluminum took effect.

Mexico filed the complaint after Trump decided not to extend a temporary exemption granted in March to the EU, Canada and Mexico.

Trump has infuriated European Union members, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium, ending months of uncertainty about potential exemptions and suggesting a hardening of the U.S. approach to trade negotiations.

Other US allies have also reacted with fury and retaliation, with fears building of a global trade war.

The White House has said that it might move ahead with the imposition of tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods around the middle of this month if a broad agreement to slash the $375 billion trade deficit isn't reached.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, spoke as soon as Washington announced the new duties.

"We support the position of the Mexican government to impose the equivalent measure on diverse products", Mexico's Business Coordinating Council said of the retaliatory tariffs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rejecting calls to speed up the imposition of retaliatory tariffs on USA steel and aluminum. However, the United States remains a large net importer of petroleum.

Ties between Washington and Mexico City have also been strained over immigration.

Mexican Finance Minister Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya said the USA tariffs - along with Trump's tweets against Mexico - further raise tensions over the NAFTA review.

The US and China have held trade talks to deescalate tensions between the two sides.

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