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BRIEF-Canada's Freeland says U.S. has mused before about striking bilateral deals

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March 5 (Reuters) -

* CANADIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS NAFTA MINISTERS TALKED TO LIGHTHIZER ABOUT STEEL TARIFFS ON MONDAY

* CANADA FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS HAS SPOKEN TO EU, SOUTH KOREA ABOUT POSSIBLE U.S. STEEL TARIFFS

* CANADA FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS TALKED TO ROSS LAST WEEK ABOUT POSSIBLE STEEL TARIFFS

* CANADA'S FREELAND SAYS POSSIBLE U.S. STEEL TARIFFS ARE QUITE SEPARATE FROM THE NAFTA TALKS

* CANADA'S FREELAND SAYS THERE ARE STILL SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PARTNERS OVER THE MORE DIFFICULT NAFTA CHAPTER

* CANADA'S FREELAND, PRESSED ON USTR LIGHTHIZER'S COMMENTS ABOUT POSSIBLY STRIKING BILATERAL DEALS, SAYS THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME U.S. HAS MUSED ABOUT THIS IDEA

CANADA'S FREELAND, ASKED ABOUT TRUMP'S COMMENTS LINKING NAFTA DEAL AND STEEL TARIFFS, SAYS TAKES POSSIBLE U.S. ACTION VERY SERIOUSLY (Reporting by David Ljunggren)