Israel’s terrorist adversary Hamas is attempting to strike a new deal with the tyrannical North Korean government, according to the Daily Telegraph‘s Defence Editor Con Coughlin.
The deal involves missiles and communication equipment, and is said to be worth “hundreds of thousands of dollars”.
Hamas officials are believed to have already made an initial cash down payment to secure the deal, and are now hoping that North Korea will soon begin shipping extra supplies of weapons to Gaza.
“Hamas is looking for ways to replenish its stocks of missiles because of the large numbers it has fired at Israel in recent weeks,” explained a security official. “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.”
Using intermediaries based in Lebanon, Hamas officials are said to be intensifying their efforts to sign a new agreement with Pyongyang to provide hundreds of missiles together with communications equipment that will improve the ability of Hamas fighters to coordinate operations against Israeli forces.
Recently, Hamas-affiliated sources claimed that the terrorist outfit that runs Gaza had only utilised around 3 percent of their arsenal in the latest exchanges with Israel, but security experts have told Breitbart London that the figure is more likely to be around 50 percent.
In recent years Hamas has gone from importing weapons and using crudely made rockets to developing its own factories, sometimes underground, beneath civilian homes and local public infrastructure in Gaza.
A new deal with North Korea will also embolden the group, which has fallen out of favour with its Iranian sugar daddies as of late. With a new Iranian front in Iraq, as well as a recent regime change, and a subtle drift towards ‘normalising’ relations with the West, Iran is perhaps less inclined to continue to fund and support the outfit in Gaza – which was always a strained relationship given Hamas’s Sunni Islam background, and Iran’s Shia dominance.
The Telegraph states:
The relationship between Hamas and North Korea first became public in 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. Investigators later confirmed that the arms cache has been destined for Iran, which then planned to smuggle the weapons to Hizbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.
Following Israel’s latest military offensive against Hamas operatives based in Gaza, Western security officials say Hamas is now trying to persuade North Korea to provide fresh supplies of rockets to replace the thousands of missiles that have been fired at Israel since the commencement of hostilities two weeks ago.
The North Koreans have one of the world’s most sophisticated network of tunnels running beneath the demilitarised zone with South Korea, and Israeli commanders believe Hamas has used this expertise to improve their own tunnel network.