Mexico threatens retaliation

MEXICO CITY, Mex. — Mexico has threatened to close the border to U.S. trucks if their trucks are not granted access to U.S. highways.

According to reports, Mexican President Vicente Fox weighed in on the battle in Washington. A spending bill passed this week would set tougher standards for Mexican trucks wanting to operate in the U.S.

“If there continues to be resistance and there is no agreement, it will simply mean Mexican trucks will not go over there because they are not permitted or wanted,” Fox said. “But neither will there be American trucks here.”

Mexico’s Congress passed a measure calling for the Fox administration to close the border to U.S. trucks if Washington fails to comply with NAFTA rules.

Meanwhile President Bush has threatened to veto the transportation funding bills, because they violate NAFTA rules.

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