US, Mexico and Canada hasten NAFTA talks as elections loom: Pena Nieto

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He further underlined that Trump and his advisers did consider the possibility of a military response from Syria, Russia or Iran in the days leading up to the US-led attack on Friday night.

Pence, however, justified the attack by merely stating that the USA did not act alone, claiming that other leaders at the Latin American summit had both publicly and privately expressed support for the Syria bombardment.

Pence spoke nearly after 18 hours after U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched 105 missiles at three facilities connected to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in response to the April 7 chemical attacks at Syria's Dumas which took the lives of more than 50 civilians.

Pence's description of the strikes reflected much of Mr. Trump's message the night before - including that the US stands ready to respond as needed to any further chemical weapons use by Assad's regime.

US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened that Washington is set to respond to possible retaliatory moves against its missile attacks on Syria, by Damascus or its allies, specifically Russian Federation and Iran.

Pence said the administration is "absolutely" sure the Assad regime carried out the chemical attack.

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"Our message to Russian Federation is, you're on the wrong side of history", Pence, who is in Peru in President Trump's place this weekend, told reporters. "You're known by the company you keep"'.

Setting wage minimum wage thresholds for the auto industry could benefit the United States and Canada, whose trade unions say that lower Mexican pay has prompted manufacturing capacity to move south of the Rio Grande. "When you have just two different people who have strong characters, they have strong differences".

The vice president also said that the topic of funding for Trump's proposed wall on the US border with Mexico did not come up in Pence's meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

US trade negotiators have reduced their demand for regional auto content under a reworked NAFTA trade deal to 75 percent from the 85 percent they had sought, the head of Mexico's automotive industry association (AMIA), said on Friday.

Pence held brief bilateral talks with the leaders of Mexico and Canada on Saturday about the state of play in their NAFTA renegotiations, saying he was "encouraged" by recent progress towards a deal. "Plus it is going to have kind of fairness that may permit us to go forward in a productive, mutually helpful association".

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