Foreign Affairs Minister hints NAFTA deal could come soon

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is hinting the three NAFTA countries could be close to some sort of deal.

Speaking with reporters during a late afternoon break at Friday's talks in Washington, Freeland signalled that things were advancing on a number of fronts, including the issue of rules of origin for autos.

While she was hesitant to share any of the sensitive details she noted that she's always believed the issue to be, ``the most fiendishly complex part of the agreement.''

With the pace of discussions picking up Freeland also suggested that they were entering a new, more intensive stage.

Both the U-S and Mexico are staring down political deadlines that could make the task practically impossible later this year.

Mexico has its presidential election campaign while the U-S has legislative midterms.