US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks during official talks with Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh (not pictured) in Hanoi on August 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO/POOL/HOANG DINH NAM
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed confidence Friday that an ambitious Pacific trade pact could be completed this year and said a recent nuclear deal with Iran proved hurdles in international agreements could be overcome.Kerry said many challenges remained in thrashing out a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), particularly on issues of autos and dairy, but the United States would do everything in its power to make it happen. Kerry likened the TPP talks to a deal negotiated over 18 months between Iran and six other countries to lift sanctions in return for curbs on a nuclear program Iran insists is for peaceful purposes.Vietnam has some lingering concerns on TPP, including issues related to labor, which Kerry said could be settled.
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