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U.S. Faults 49 Nations on Trade

March 31, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Japan and the European Union were singled out by the Clinton administration today for the largest amount of criticism among trading partners accused of erecting unfair barriers to U.S. exports.

The 1998 ``National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers″ covered the alleged improper activities of 49 countries and three trading groups.

The nations ranged from Argentina to Zimbabwe in the report, which puts countries on notice that they could be subject to potential U.S. economic sanctions if they do not mend their ways.

In reality, the number of nations actually selected for intensive negotiations aimed at removing the offending barriers is much smaller than the initial list, which the administration is required by law to release before April 1 each year.

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