A sweeping trade pact between a dozen Pacific nations remains within reach, Japanese officials said Monday.

Participants continued talks in Atlanta to narrow final gaps in time for a scheduled joint news conference to announce the deal late Monday.

A ministerial session of the 12 nations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement was scheduled to reconvene somewhere between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Japan time after a delay in a final agreement as New Zealand and Canada were negotiating details on tariffs on dairy products, an area that had earlier been believed close to agreement, the officials said.