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Trump speaks to Macron; discusses steel tariff, N Korea

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US spoke to his French counterpart and discussed his decision to impose import tariffs on and aluminium.

In a telephone call with Macron, who is on a four-day visit to India, Trump underscored that his decision is necessary and appropriate to protect national security, the said.

"Both Presidents discussed alternative ways to address concerns, an official readout of the call said.

Citing national security concerns and the need to protect from "unfair" practices, Trump yesterday signed two proclamations that levied a 25 per cent tariff on and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminium imported from all countries except neighbouring and The contentious tariffs will go into effect in 15 days.

Major nations reacted sharply to Trump's decision to impose tariffs on and aluminium imports, warning of damage to close relations amid industry calls for retaliation.

Trump also discussed his decision to meet North Korea's top

"The two leaders also conferred about Trump's intention to meet with North Korean to ensure the complete and permanent denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, the said.

Trump and sharply condemned Syria's Assad regime, and its Russian and Iranian sponsors, for the "atrocities" it has committed, including the bombing in East Ghouta, the said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 21:50 IST