TPP nations welcome US President Donald Trump's U-turn, but not set to reopen talks

Representatives of members of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal pose for an official picture after the signing agreement ceremony in Santiago, Chile on March 8, 2018.
Representatives of members of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal pose for an official picture after the signing agreement ceremony in Santiago, Chile on March 8, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO - Members of an 11-nation Asia-Pacific free trade pact inked last month, including flag bearers Japan and Australia, said on Friday (April 13) they do not want to renegotiate the deal just to accommodate the United States' renewed interest.

US President Donald Trump "is the kind of person who could change temperamentally, so he may something different the next day", Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said in a cool response despite welcoming his U-turn.

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