Emily Maitlis speaks to Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry about the UK’s next steps in light of the killing of Qasem Soleimani.
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Ms Thornberry said that the UK should be demanding an emergency sitting of the UN security council. She said, “We should make sure that both sides understand that they must not behave in a way that is illegal”.
Emily Maitlis also questions Emily Thornberry on her bid for the Labour leadership.
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