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No trade war yet with U.S. due to planned tariffs, German minister says

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(Reuters) - German said on Thursday a trade war had not yet erupted due to U.S. Donald Trump's and aluminum tariffs but she said they were an and the should respond.

Speaking on German broadcaster ARD, the outgoing said: "I wouldn't say it's a clear-cut trade war now - it's not there yet if we're only talking about a few products."

But she added that the proposed tariffs amounted to "real irritation".

Trump was expected to sign a presidential proclamation to establish the tariffs on Thursday, but a said later it could slide into Friday because documents had to be cleared through a legal process.

"All you can do is basically keep saying to Mr Trump: Leave it be because only free trade can ensure that the world's countries can work with each other really well and understand each other," said.

The needs to respond if Trump imposes the tariffs and would have to file a complaint at the World Trade Organisation, said. But she also stressed that it was important to keep talking to the

(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by and Toby Chopra)

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 13:43 IST