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Hamish Macdonald is an NK News contributor and has previously worked at The Korea Herald and for the Australia Centre for Independent Journalism in Sydney.
North Korea on Monday refuted claims that Pyongyang negotiated an arms deal with Hamas and denied responsibility for supporting a Hezbollah rocket attack on Israel in 2006.
An unnamed spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry refuted the veracity of a recent report published in the Telegraph, which said “western security sources” had claimed North Korea was negotiating an arms deal with Hamas.
The Telegraph’s ‘security sources’ believed Hamas may have already made an initial down payment to procure weapons and communications equipment on a deal claimed to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“This is utterly baseless sophism and sheer fiction let loose by the U.S. to isolate the DPRK internationally,” the spokesman said in an article published on the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA).
The spokesman also slammed a recent judgement in the case of Kaplan vs. Central Bank of Iran in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, which found North Korea guilty of supporting a Hezbollah attack on Israel in 2006 that left a number of civilians seriously injured.
On July 23 Judge Royce Lamberth found “clear and convincing evidence that Hezbollah carried out the rocket attacks that caused plaintiffs’ injuries and that North Korea provided material support.”
“This material support included professional military and intelligence training and assistance in building a massive network of underground military installations, tunnels, bunkers, depots and storage facilities in southern Lebanon,” the courts memorandum of opinion read.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the findings and reports were being fabricated to link North Korea with terrorist organizations and to shift the focus from the U.S. and Israel to North Korea amid the recent Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.
“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 of Palestine,” the spokesman said.
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