WASHINGTON — The top trade officials from 34 countries agreed on a blueprint in Miami last week that appears to scale back the scope of a hemispheric trade zone and make its long-term future uncertain.

Trade ministers signed off on a declaration that set parameters and advanced the talks for the pact known as the Free Trade Area of the Americas, but the declaration was so vaguely worded and contained so many blanks that it sent a wave of confusion through the trade community.

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