WASHINGTON — The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements pulled a notice from publication Thursday that would have imposed quotas unilaterally on apparel and textiles from Vietnam as early as today.

U.S. trade officials, who have been negotiating with Vietnam for two weeks on a bilateral textile agreement, gave no reason for stepping back from imposing unilateral quotas on Vietnam.

CITA had until noon Thursday to stop publication of the notice in today’s Federal Register and the agency made the deadline.

"I don’t have anything further," said a spokesman at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. "We are still not finished."

It is unclear whether U.S. officials are reworking the proposed agreement. The lead U.S. trade negotiator ratcheted up tensions here earlier this week with news that the U.S. is investigating charges of illegal transshipping through Vietnam.

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