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Canada's Freeland says US trade actions illegal under WTO rules

Freeland said after talks with members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee that US trade actions against Canada are illegal under World Trade Organisation rules.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono attend the Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula, in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, 16 January, 2018. Picture: AFP.

WASHINGTON – Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said after talks with members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that US trade actions against Canada are illegal under World Trade Organisation rules.

Freeland said while Canada believes the US use of a national security rationale to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium imports is absurd, it is confident common sense will ultimately prevail.