USA threats after boycott support
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Aftenposten | 15 January 2005
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice threatened Norway with “serious political consequences” after Finance Minister and Socialist Left Party leader Kristin Halvorsen admitted to supporting a boycott of Israeli goods.
The reaction was reportedly given to the Norwegian embassy in Washington DC, and it was made clear that the statements came from the top level of the US State Department, newspaper VG reports.
VG claims that two classified reports promised a “tougher climate” between the USA and Norway if Halvorsen’s remarks represented the foreign policy of the new red-green alliance of the Labor, Socialist Left and Center parties.
Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, responded immediately with written explanations to both Israel and the USA, clarifying the government’s stance, while Halvorsen distanced her party’s policy from that of the government’s.