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U.S., Japan have TPP market access breakthrough: official

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) bids farewell to Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, as U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (R) looks on, in Tokyo April 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool)

SEOUL: The United States and Japan have achieved a breakthrough on market access in bilateral talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, although no final agreement has been reached, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

"There are still details to be worked out. There is still much work to be done .... We believe we do have a breakthrough in our bilateral negotiations," a senior U.S. official accompanying President Barack Obama to South Korea.

Obama arrived in Osan, south of Seoul, on Friday after an official visit to Japan.

 

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