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Report: Nippon Steel sees clear skies ahead for USS deal

Written by Ethan Bernard

Nippon Steel believes it can successfully complete its planned buy of U.S. Steel, according to a report in Reuters.

“I believe we can successfully complete the planned acquisition,” Nippon Steel President Eiji Hashimoto said on the sideline of the Japan Iron and Steel Federation’s New Year’s party last Friday, according to the Reuters report.

“The deal poses no harm to America … as we will make investment in line with the economic security strategies of the United States and other Western nations,” Hashimoto added.

He also noted that the current labor pact with the United Steel Workers (USW) union would be upheld.

This comes amid the protests of some US politicians, as well as the White House, saying the deal needs “serious scrutiny.” Additionally, the USW said it wasn’t sold on the deal after meeting with Nippon Steel. Cleveland-Cliffs was its preferred buyer.

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