Norway does not condemn the US assassination of the Iranian general

Ine Eriksen Søreide.Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide(Norway).Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

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Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (Høyre/Conservative Party) does not condemn the US assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad.

The Foreign Ministry issued a “strong condemnation” when Iraqi protesters last week attacked the US embassy in Baghdad, where lives were not lost.

A similar condemnation of US assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani has not been forthcoming.

“We do not normally comment from the Norwegian side on the basis of international law for the use of force by other states, or whether they have committed a violation of international law, unless the UN Security Council, the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ) or other authoritative sources have decided on the issue,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide told ABC News.

Norway cannot decide on an independent basis whether the US attack was a violation of international law, according to Søreide.

“We also do not have a sufficient overview of the situation to be able to make an assessment of whether the operation was in accordance with international law,” replied the Foreign Minister.

However, Søreide admits that she is deeply concerned about the development.

“I am deeply concerned about the dramatic escalation we have seen in recent weeks and days. We have urged all parties to help calm the situation and prevent it from escalating further,” she writes.

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