North Korea Denies Secret Arms Deal With Hamas

By:  Dave Bohon
07/31/2014
       
North Korea Denies Secret Arms Deal With Hamas

The government of North Korea has denied that it is secretly negotiating to provide arms to Hamas in its conflict with Israel.

According to London's Telegraph newspaper, the Palestinian terrorist group, working through a Lebanese middleman, has offered hundreds of thousands of dollars to North Korea to purchase missiles and communications equipment to continue its warfare with Israel's IDF.

“Hamas is looking for ways to replenish its stocks of missiles because of the large numbers it has fired at Israel in recent weeks,” an unnamed “security official” told the Telegraph. “North Korea is an obvious place to seek supplies because Pyongyang already has close ties with a number of militant Islamist groups in the Middle East.”

Hamas reportedly has already made a significant downpayment to North Korea for the delivery of hundreds of missiles, along with communications equipment, “that will improve the ability of Hamas fighters to coordinate operations against Israeli forces,” stated the Telegraph.

But following the July 26 Telegraph report, the government in Pyongyang flatly denied that such a deal is in the works, calling the allegations “utterly baseless sophism and sheer fiction let loose by the U.S. to isolate [North Korea] internationally.” The statement added that “lurking behind this propaganda is a sinister intention of the U.S. to justify its criminal acts of backing Israel driven into a tight corner by its recent unethical killings in the Gaza Strip.”

However, past actions on the part of North Korea make its present denial suspect.

The Telegraph reported that North Korea's ties to Hamas go back to at least 2009, “when 35 tons of arms, including surface-to-surface rockets and rocket-propelled grenades, were seized after a cargo plane carrying the equipment was forced to make an emergency landing at Bangkok airport.”

According to investigators in that case, the shipment was on its way to Iran, where the arms were then to be smuggled to Hizbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

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Photo of Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, North Korea: AP Images

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