European Union says no 'immediate' clarity from U.S. on trade tariffs

ROTHERHAM ENGLAND- APRIL 18 A worker tends to the furnace producing ferrotitanium during a visit to Tivac Alloys by UKIP leader Nigel Farage to see first hand how the global steel crisis is affecting small businesses

"We work together. We can not possibly be a threat to national security in the USA, so we are counting on being excluded", she said.

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem made her statement after crunch talks with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in an effort to defuse a bitter row that many fear could turn into an all-out trade war.

Announcing the tariffs, Trump said Canada and Mexico would be excluded and other countries could negotiate exemptions, but he singled out Germany for particular criticism.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday warned his United States counterpart Trump against forging ahead with the planned tariffs, saying they risked provoking a mutually destructive "trade war".

Mr Trump says the measures will "protect the American worker" and fulfil a campaign promise.

Those threats have been overblown, according to Dani Rodrik, professor of worldwide political economy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and one of the world's leading experts on trade.

European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said: "We all have to choose whether we want rules-based trade - which supports rules-based world order - or do we want rule of force, or the rule of the strongest, which we have now seen?" "Big Deficit. If not, we Tax Cars etc. FAIR!"

"Given the circumstances, during the visit of US Ambassador Lighthizer to Brussels this Saturday, the EU will convey the message that we expect the EU to be fully excluded from the US measures without preconditions or negotiations", a European Commission source said ahead of the talks on condition of anonymity.

Similarly, the China Iron and Steel Association said that it "strongly opposed" the new levies and asked the Xi Jinping government to take measures in response.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged dialogue and warned that "no one can win in such a race to the bottom".

The target of Trump's ire is China, whose capacity expansions have helped add to global surpluses of steel.

Last year, China imported 3.2 million tonnes of United States coal, worth about $420 million and almost five times the amount it took in 2016.

"We expressed our concern".

South Korea, the third-largest steel exporter to the United States and a strategic ally on the Korean peninsula, called for calm.

While carrying a message to Washington to push forward a diplomatic breakthrough over North Korea, South Korea's national security office chief Chung Eui-yong asked USA officials to support Seoul's request for a waiver, a presidential spokesman said.

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