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Norway Minister Resigns After Breaching Security Rules During Iran Holiday

Norway Minister Resigns After Breaching Security Rules During Iran HolidayNorway Minister Resigns After Breaching Security Rules During Iran Holiday

Norway’s fisheries minister resigned on Monday following his earlier admission that he breached government security protocols during a holiday to Iran last month.

Per Sandberg, who initially failed to notify colleagues of his whereabouts and also took his government-issued mobile phone to Iran, had been rebuked by Prime Minister Erna Solberg for violating the cabinet’s travel rules, Reuters reported.

The prime minister said she had ordered Sandberg to hand his phone to police for safety checks, but still faced criticism in parliament from opposition parties questioning the government’s competence on issues of national security.

The government requires ministers to inform the prime minister’s office of where they are going, regardless of destination. It also forbids the use of government-issued phones in a country with which Norway does not have established security cooperation.

The new fisheries minister will be Progress Party veteran Harald Tom Nesvik, the prime minister’s office said.

Norway is the world’s largest producer of farmed salmon, and seafood is the Nordic country’s second-largest export industry after oil and gas.

 

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