April 18, 2017 / 12:53 AM / 4 months ago

Japan to discuss broad econ framework with U.S., not bilateral FTA: Aso

Vice President Mike Pence in South Korea, April 17, 2017.Kim Hong-Ji

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said he would discuss a broad framework on bilateral economic cooperation with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence without going into any details in their first round of talks on Tuesday.

Speaking at a regular news conference, Aso, who is also finance minister, said he would not discuss any bilateral free trade agreement with Pence when he visits Tokyo on Tuesday.

Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim

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