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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian government responded on Wednesday to the U.S.’s decision to halt negotiations and apply the import restrictions on Brazilian steel and aluminum, which had been temporarily suspended. Brazilian steelmakers say the new measures could decrease exports of some products by as much as sixty percent.

“Brazilian products do not pose a threat to U.S. national security,” said the joint press release issued by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the Foreign Relations Ministry. “On the contrary, the industries of both countries are integrated and complement . . .

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