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The World Trade Organization on Wednesday held off approving stiff sanctions on U.S. exports ranging from cod to mobile homes intended to punish Washington until it repeals the so-called Byrd amendment.

U.S. trade diplomats held last-minute talks with counterparts from the European Union and countries including Canada, Japan and India, after all sides agreed to suspend a meeting of the WTO dispute settlement body, officials said.

The move was believed to have followed procedural wrangling after Washington requested fine-tuning of documents submitted to the WTO, and was not expected to affect the final decision.

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