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U.S., JAPANESE DEADLOCKED ON TRADE TALKS

Top U.S. and Japanese negotiators, facing a deadline for possible trade sanctions, reported no breakthrough after a fourth day of talks Saturday.

However, U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor and Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono tentatively agreed to meet again on Wednesday in New York and ordered aides to keep the talks going at a lower level until then.Asked by reporters as he left the meeting how things were going, Kantor said he was making "no predictions" on the outcome.

The Clinton administration has set a deadline of next Friday for reaching agreement in talks to expand sales opportunities by U.S. medical equipment and telecommunications manufacturers to the Japanese government.