Norway nixes US request to destroy Syrian chemical weapons

By REUTERS
October 25, 2013 12:21

OSLO - Norway rejected on Friday a US request to help destroy Syria's chemical arms, arguing that the Nordic nation was an unsuitable site because it lacked suitable staff, equipment and regulations.

Washington asked NATO-member Norway last month to help destroy some of Syria's chemical arsenal in a deal brokered with Moscow after an Aug. 21 attack in the suburbs of Damascus killed 1,400 people. Several other nations are also being asked.

The Norwegian foreign ministry said the country had given "serious and thorough consideration" to the US request but it was not best suited "due to time constraints and external factors, such as capacities, regulatory requirements"


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