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U.S. begins NAFTA talks with harsh words

Canadian Chief Negotiator Steve Verheul, left, walks next to Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David McNaughton, and U.S. Chief Negotiator John Melle, as Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, right, as they leave the stage after attending a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at the start of NAFTA renegotiations in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The talks that began Wednesday are the first of several scheduled rounds between now and the end of the year, when the three nations hope to conclude a deal — a very fast timetable in the world of international negotiations.

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